Alleged fraud: Court acquits former Nigerian university vice chancellor

Alleged fraud: Court acquits former Nigerian university vice chancellor

- A former vice chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture (FUNNAB), Abeokuta has been acquitted of fraud

- Olusola Oyewole and two others were dragged to the court over an alleged fraud of N842 million

- The court, however, discharged and acquitted the accused persons

The high court in Abeokuta on Wednesday, May 16, ruled that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has not established any case against the former vice chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture (FUNNAB), Abeokuta, Olusola Oyewole, and two others over an alleged fraud of N842 million.

The court therefore discharged and acquitted the accused persons, Premium Times reports.

Oyewole as well as a senator, Adeseye Ogunlewe (former Pro Chancellor), and Olusola Ilesanmi (Bursar), were arraigned by the EFCC on November 25, 2016, following a petition accusing them of criminal offences.

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The trio, in a case which lasted over one and half years, faced an 18-count charge which included fraud, abuse of office, stealing and obtaining money under false pretence among others.

The court, however, ruled that there were lack of evidences to convince the court that the accused committed the crimes, stressing that the petitioners also gave evidence of information from third party, with no iota of evidence.

In her final ruling, the judge, Olatokunbo Majekodunmi, noted that evidences by all the 11 witnesses showed lack of evidence and therefore set all the accused free, saying, “the prosecutor has not established any prima facie case against all the accused, and I hereby discharge and acquit them.”

The counsel for the accused, Benjamin Ogunmodede, in his response to the judgement, thanked the court for allowing justice to prevail, while in the same vein, the counsel for the EFCC, Ben Obi, expressed appreciation to the court.

Thereafter, Oyewole, in company of his wife and other family members drove to their church located in Gbonagun area of Abeokuta, for a thanksgiving service to celebrate the ruling.

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Meanwhile, the presidency has said the allegations of corruption against the previous administration of Goodluck Jonathan, are facts and not to witch-hunt the opposition.

This was made known by the senior special assistant, media and publicity to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Laolu Akande in an exclusive interview with Legit.ng.

According to Akande, all the revelation of corrupt deeds by the previous government are “established facts.”

Watch the video of the interview on Legit.ng TV

Source: Legit.ng

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