Pastor charged with cloning bank manager’s cheque


A 63-year-old self acclaimed clergyman, Samuel Bonny, has been accused by the police of cloning an Access Bank manager’s cheque worth N5 million.

Bonny, whose address was not given, was docked Friday before Mrs. S. K. Matepo of an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, on a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy, fraud and forgery.

Prosecuting Sergeant Nicholas Akpene told the court that the defendant and others at large committed the alleged offences on April 26, at 2:00 pm, at Access Bank PLC headquarters, Lagos.

He alleged that the defendant attempted to defraud Access Bank by presenting a cloned manager’s cheque of N5m for confirmation at the bank.

Akpene said that the accused forged the cheque and presented it so that it would be acted upon as genuine.

He said that the offences contravened Sections 363 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The defendant denied the charge.

Magistrate, Mrs. Matepo, admitted him to bail in the sum of N1 million with two sureties in the like sum.

The sureties, she added, must swear to an affidavit of means and must be tax compliant.
The case was adjourned till May 25 for mention.