By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan.
The Ibadan Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday arraigned Adedapo Olayiwola, Adebola Aderonke Adesina and her company, Kestrel Travels and Tours Limited on a five count charge of obtaining money by false pretence.
Arraigning them before Sherifat Adeyemi, EFCC stated that the offence is “contrary to Section 1 (2) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.”
Adedapo Olayiwola was alleged to have fraudulently obtained over N4 million (Four Million Naira) from different victims on the pretence that he had plots of land to sell to them, only for the victims, to discover with time that the said plots of land did not belong to him.
“That you Olayiwola Adedapo sometime in 2016, in Ibadan within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, with intent to defraud obtained the sum of N1,400,000 (One Million Four Hundred Thousand Naira) from one Monsuru Watiu Adekunle under the pretext that it is the purchase price for two acres of land, situated at Oyigun Village, Akinyele, Ibadan which you claimed belong to you, which representations you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (1) (a) and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006.”
He pleaded “not guilty” to the charges, upon which the prosecution counsel, Barrister Murtala Usman asked the court for a commencement date of trial and for him to be remanded in prison custody.
Justice Adeyemi admitted Olayiwola to bail in the sum of N5million and two sureties in like sum.
The sureties are to provide a valid means of identification, verified by the EFCC. He was given seven days to comply with the bail conditions or be returned to EFCC’s custody.
The case was adjourned till December 2, 2020.
Aderonke Adesina, on her part, was arraigned alongside her company on one-count charge of stealing, contrary to Section 390 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap 38, Laws of Oyo State, 2000.
She was alleged to have fraudulently obtained the sum of N2,400,000 (Two Million, Four Hundred Thousand Naira) from one Adeniyi Taiwo Dauda through her company on the pretence that she could help him procure visas for some of his clients. She, however, failed to deliver on her promise and refused to refund the money to her victim.
The charge read, “That you, Adesina Adebola Aderonke and Kestrel Travels and Tours Limited sometime in February, 2019 at Ibadan, within the Ibadan Judicial Division of this honourable court, did commit an illegal act, to wit: stealing of the sum of N2,400,000.00 (Two Million and Four Hundred Thousand Naira) only, property of Adeniyi Taiwo Dauda.”
She pleaded “not guilty” to the charges, prompting prosecution counsel, Murtala Usman to ask the court for a commencement date of trial and for the defendant to be remanded in prison custody.
The court ordered that she be remanded in EFCC’s custody, pending an application for her bail and adjourned the matter till October 20, 2020 for hearing.ENDS.