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Omeli Humphrey Darlington Accused Of N355m Fraud Wins Suit

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The Supreme court of Nigeria has ruled in favour of Omeli Humphrey Darlington, a former dispatch rider at First Bank of Nigeria Plc, entangled in a multi-million naira fraud with some former staff members of the bank.

Darlington, who hails from Ezeagu LGA of Enugu State and worked with the Iganmu branch of First Bank between October 2010 and December 2013, was implicated in a failed N355 million fraud by two staff members of the bank, Mr. Abimbola Jaiyesimi and Mrs. Mojisola Majasan.

After the attempt to divert the money was exposed, being the only junior staff member aware of the fraud, he was accused of attempting to unilaterally defraud the bank.

Having been subjected to torture and humiliation, Darlington instituted a case of fundamental human rights abuse against the officials.

In February 2016, Justice W. Animasahun of the High Court of Lagos State in a fundamental right proceeding between Darlington and Jaiyesimi and Majasan, delivered judgement in favour of Darlington.

The duo were held responsible by the court for illegal detention and N17.7 million was awarded against them, while N500,000 was awarded against the police station at Ikoyi.

Jaiyesimi and Majasan appealed against the judgement at the Court of Appeal, Lagos Division. In its ruling on the 14th of December, 2017, the appeal court affirmed the judgment of the trial court in favour of Darlington.

Subsequently, the case was tried at the Supreme Court of Nigeria in Abuja before the lordships: Helen Moronkeji Ogunwumiju; Musa Dattujo Muhammad; Chima Centus Nweze; Uwani Abba Aji; Adamu Jauro with case number: SC. B05/2018.

Delivering judgement on March 4, 2022, Justice Helen Moronkeji Ogunwumiju ruled in favour of Darlington, ordering the payment of N7.5 million as damages awarded against the 2 Appellants.

The court further ruled that the amount awarded as costs stands as there was no appeal against such.

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