By Paul Sanusi
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has told a court that Diamond Bank and two of its top staffers, named Hillary Ojukwu and Lasisi Abayomi assisted a deceased drug baron and his wife Onoche and Chinyere Ikenua hide illicit wealth. The anti-narcotics agency slammed a six-count charge of money laundering on the accused. According to court documents, the bank and its staffers failed to verify Ikenuas’ businesses before opening accounts.
The documents say the accounts were opened in the name of Oni Oil and Gas Ltd, owned by Ikenuas in August and December 2006. The accused pleaded not guilty, before trial judge Mojisola Olatoregun Ishola granted them one million naira bail each, with one surety in the like sum.
The case was adjourned till June 27, for trial.