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Mr. Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), the Anttorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.

Why AGF Takes Over N16.6bn Fraud Case Involving Polaris Bank, Employee

ABUJA, FCT, NIGERIA – The Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Mr. Lateef Fagbemi, has assumed control of the N16.5 billion fraud case implicating Polaris Bank and its employee, Chinenye Duru.

Originally brought forward by the Inspector General of Police in December 2023, the case alleges that over an almost eight-year period, Duru and the Bank diverted N16.5 billion from the accounts of Onukogu Victor Hezekiah, the spiritual head of the Living Christ Mission Church.

The AGF’s office, utilizing its constitutional authority, has formally requested the case file from the police.

The trial proceedings, scheduled by Justice Inyang Ekwo for November 18 and 19 will continue as planned. Duru, who maintains his innocence, remains in custody pending a forthcoming bail hearing.

The charges against the defendants encompass multiple counts of unauthorized withdrawals from Mr. Hezekiah’s accounts, which are violations punishable under the Money Laundering (Prevention and Prohibition Act, 2022).

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