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Friday, 25 November 2016

EFCC arraigns Ogunlewe, FUNAB VC, Bursar

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday arraigned the trio of Senator Adesewe Ogunlewe, former Works and Housing Minister and Pro Chancellor, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, FUNAB; Prof. Olusola Oyewole, the Vice Chancellor and Mr. Moses Olusola Ilesanmi, Bursar before Justice O. O Majekodunmi of the State High Court sitting at Abeokuta, Ogun State.

They were arraigned on an 18 -count charge bordering on conspiracy, stealing, obtaining money by false pretence and abuse of office.

They however pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

In view of their plea, the prosecution counsel, Bennedict Ubi and Festus Ojo asked the court to remand them in prison custody pending the commencement of trial.

The defence counsel to the first, second and third defendants Wale Adesokan (SAN), Benjamin Ogunmodede and Lapite Ademola urged the court to admit them on bail having filed the various applications before the court.

Having listened to the submissions of both counsel on the bail applications, Justice Majekodunmi granted the first and second defendants (Ogunlewe and Oyewole) bail in the sum of N50m with two sureties in like sum.

The Sureties must be house owners within the jurisdiction and one of them must be a civil servant on grade level 15.

The court said the defendants must submit their International Passports to the court Registrar and ordered that the defendants be remanded in prison custody pending the perfection of their bail conditions.

Justice Majekodunmi adjourned ruling on the bail application of the third defendant till Monday 28th November and 16th, 19th and 20th of December for the commencement of trial.

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