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Access Bank, MD, Herbert Wigwe In Trouble, Arraigned Over Failure To Obey ICPC’s Lawful Invitation 

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Access Bank MD/CEO, Herbert Wigwe

 

The Managing Director Of Access Bank, Mr Herbert Wigwe, Access Bank Plc and top management staff of the bank have landed in trouble over a lawsuit against them.

The trio, BigPen Online can report were arraigned on Thursday at an Abuja High Court in the Federal Capital Territory for alleged refusal to go obey ‘lawful invitation by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission’, (ICPC).

ICPC’s invitation on the trio was in connection with alleged refusal of the bank to release the Post No Debit order on two firms, Blaid Construction Limited and Braid Properties Limited.

Listed along as defendants in the charge number CR/032/17 are the Managing Director and CEO, Mr. Herbert Wigwe and Mrs Neka Adogu, who is a staff of the bank.

The case was instituted by Osuobeni Ekpiwhre Akponimisingh, ICPC Senior Legal Officer, on behalf of the Attorney General of the Federation.

The offences of the trio were stated in count 1,2,3 and 4 in the court charge sheet which read in part respectively;

“That you, Herbert Wigwe (Mr) MD/CEO of Access Bank, sometimes in the month of November 2017 or thereabout within the jurisdiction of this honoirable court willfully refused to honor a lawful invitation by the ICPC in respect of refusal to release the Post Debit order on all the accounts of Blaid Construction Limited and Blaid Properties Limited respectively, upon receipt of an order directing you and your bank (Access Bank plc) to do so, you thereby committed an offender contrary to and punishable under Section 28 (10) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000.

“That you Neka Adogu, (Mr) a staff of Access Bank, sometimes in the month of November 2017 or thereabout within the jurisdiction of this honourable court willfully refused to honor a lawful invitation by the ICPC in respect of refusal to release the Post Debit order on all the accounts of Blaid Construction Limited and Blaid Properties Limited respectively, upon receipt of an order directing you and your bank (Access Bank plc) to do so, you thereby committed an offender contrary to and punishable under Section 28 (10) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000.

“That you Herbert Wigwe (Mr) MD/Chief Executive Officer of Access Bank, Mrs Neka Adogu, a staff of Access Bank, and Access Bank Plc, sometimes in the month of November 2017 or thereabout within the jurisdiction of this honourable court conspired to frustrate investigation activities of the commission (ICPC) by willfully refused to obey a lawful order dated November 6, 2017, instructing you and your bank (Access Bank Plc) to release the Post Debit order on all the accounts of Blaid Construction Limited and Blaid Properties Limited respectively, and you thereby committed an offender contrary to Section 26 (c) and punishable under Section 15 (c) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000.

“That you Herbert Wigwe (Mr.) Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Access Bank Plc and Access Bank Plc, sometimes in the month of November 2017 or thereabout within the jurisdiction of this honourable court conspired to willfully refused to obey a lawful order dated November 06, 2017, but delivered/recieved on November 07, 2017, instructing you and your bank (Access Bank Plc) to release the Post Debit order on all the accounts of Blaid Construction Limited and Blaid Properties Limited respectively, and you thereby committed an offender contrary to Section 26 (c) and punishable under Section 28 (10) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act 2000”.

 

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