EFCC Arraigns FCMB Manager, Two Others For N55M Fraud In Makurdi

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned a Branch Manager of First City Monument Bank, FCMB, Kichime Gomwalk and two others before a Plateau State High Court, sitting in Jos.

Gomwalk and two others namely, Michael Damkas Buayam of Tan Global Energy Limited and Abbas Andrew Dayilim of Castlegate International Limited are facing a five-count charge, bordering on stealing, cheating and obtaining by false pretence about Fifty Five Million Naira (N55,000.000.00).

According to the charge, Kichime Gomwalk, while serving as Branch Manager, FCMB Plc, Murtala Mohammed Way Jos, in Plateau State, was said to have forged the COCIN Gratuity Certificate of Pledge/Letter of Set-Off dated 30th December 2019.

The letter was purportedly co-signed by one, Mrs. Monica Bitrus Tang and Rev (Dr.) Amos Musa Mohzo, both Directors, that he used to secure an overdraft facility from FCMB Plc to the tune of Fifty-Five Million Naira (N55, 000.000.00) with COCIN Gratuity account N0. 100GOMWALK379 domiciled with FCMB Plc.

The defendants pleaded ‘not guilty’ when the charges were read to them.

The Prosecution Counsel, Uwaise Yusuf, urged the Court to remand the defendants and fix a date for trial.

The presiding judge, Justice P. S. Gang, adjourned the case till 18 May 2023 and ordered the remand of the defendants at the Jos Correctional Centre, pending the hearing of their bail applications.

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