EFCC Prosecutes Civil Servants Over Alleged N83.5M Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibadan Zonal Office on Wednesday, arraigned three civil servants from Osun State, namely Adegoke Adebayo, Ayodele Sunday and Adelowo Adewole, over alleged N83,500,000 loan fraud.

The suspects, who are said to be staff of the Osun State Environmental Protection Commission, are also the president, secretary and treasurer of the staff cooperative society of the Commission respectively.

The trio, alleged of diverting the sum that was obtained as loan for the cooperative members, were charged with 10-counts bordering on conspiracy, abuse of office, stealing, forgery, altering and obtaining money under false pretence.

They pleaded not guilty to the charges upon which prosecution counsel, Ben Ubi, applied for a trial date and an order for the defendants to be remanded in a correctional facility.

The defence counsel, A.T Adeleye, informed the court of a joint bail application of her clients which she said, had been served on the prosecution.

Justice Ladiran Akintola of the Oyo State High Court, Ibadan adjourned the case till October 14 for the hearing of the bail application.

The judge ordered that the defendants be remanded in the custody of Nigerian Correctional Service. In the course of investigations, the EFCC discovered that the defendants cooked up the list of the loan beneficiaries and other documents they presented to the bank for the processing of the loan.

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