EFCC Arraigns OAU VC, Bursar Over N1.4billion Fraud

EFCC Arraigns OAU VC, Bursar Over N1.4billion Fraud -
EFCC Arraigns OAU VC, Bursar Over N1.4billion Fraud –

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, recently arraigned a former acting Vice Chancellor, Obafemi Awolowo University , Prof. Anthony Elujoba and the University Bursar, Mrs. Aderonke Akeredolu  before  Justice A. D. Oladimeji  of the Osun State High Court sitting in Edelman, Osun State  on a 7-count charge bordering on  conspiracy, stealing, abuse of office and using position for gratification.

The defendants, however pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them

In recognition  of their plea, the prosecution counsel, Festus Ojo prayed the court for a trial date and to remand the defendants in prison custody. The defense counsel however approached the court with a formal application for bail which the prosecution counsel opposed to on the grounds that he was served the application in court and needed time to formally respond.

One of the charges read : “That you, Professor Anthony Elujoba and Josephine Aderonke Akeredolu whilst being Public Officers of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in Osun State between the month of August and September 2016 at  Ile-Ife within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court conspired to distribute the sum of N1,060,725,000.00k (One Billion, Sixty Million and Seven Hundred and Twenty Five Thousand Naira) to your colleagues as productivity bonus.

The defendants prosecution aroseaftermath a petition alleging that  Elujoba, alongside the Bursar, diverted over One Billion Naira from the University’s Fixed Assets and Endowment Fund without approval from the Federal Ministry of Education and Governing Council of the University to pay some unapproved allowances from which he received N7m (Seven Million Naira) as furniture allowance.‎

Justice Oladimeji  adjourned the case to 11 July, 2017 for hearing of the bail applications and remands ‎the defendants in the EFCC custody.

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