The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Thursday, May 19, 2016, arraigned one Mr. Vatsama Danladi before Justice M. M. Kolo of the FCT High Court, Abuja. He was charged with theft, illegal possession and use of specimen naira notes.
Mr. Danladi, a security guard with Kings Guard Security attached to Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), ran into legal trouble when a bank found 299 pieces of 1000 naira notes marked “specimen” amounting to N299,000 during a process of cash count sometime in January.
On investigation, it was discovered that Mr. Danladi had deposited the specimen naira notes into his account through ATM deposit machines. Further investigations revealed that he also deposited another trenches of the specimen naira notes into his account in another new generation bank via the bank’s ATM deposit machine.
When the charge was read to him, Mr. Danladi pleaded not guilty and Justice Kolo granted him bail in the sum of N2 million with one surety.
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