Court orders Ogunlewe, FUNAAB VC remanded in prison

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An Ogun State High court sitting in Isabo, Abeokuta, the state capital, on Friday ordered that the former Works Minister and Pro – Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture (FUNAAB), Abeokuta, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe and the institution’s Vice – Chancellor, Prof. Olusola Oyewole be reminded in prison custody pending the perfection of the bail conditions granted them.

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Lead Counsel for Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, Mr Wale Adesokan and that of Prof. Olusola Oyewole, Mr Benjamin Ogunmodede secured bail for the duo after long hours of intense legal battle at the court.

Ogunlewe and Prof. Olusola who were brought to the court in an Air Conditioned fitted Urvan bus marked BWR 633 AT by over half a dozen Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), were arraigned before Justice O.O. Majekodunmi on 18 counts charge.

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The duo were docked by 9:12am for alleged offences bordering on conspiracy, stealing, fraudulent conversion as well as unathorised depositing in a fixed account of funds belonging to FUNAAB in which they pleaded not guilty to all the charges.

Also docked along with the FUNAAB’s Pro-Chancellor and V.C was the institution’s Bursar, Mr Moses Ilesanmi, who also pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Prior to their arraignment on Friday, however, Ogunlewe, Oyewole and Ilesanmi had been kept at the EFCC’s cell at the agency’s Ibadan zonal office since last Wednesday.

Part of the 18 count charge preferred against the three accused persons included: putting N400m in a fixed deposit account with a commercial bank without following due process, while the interest accrued from such fixed account were paid into the personal account of two private individuals.

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Delivering ruling on the applications for bail, the presiding judge, Justice Majekodunmi O.O granted the duo of Ogunlewe and Oyewole N50m bail each, with two sureties each in like sum.

The judge, who emphasised that she neither found reason to refuse them bail nor did the prosecution (EFCC) also showed cause why they should not be granted bail, further ruled that there was no evidence before the court to show that Ogunlewe and Oyewole were “habitual offenders.”

The judge also ordered that the sureties should be landed property owners within the jurisdiction of the court and they are to tender to the court, the title documents of the property, and should also not be lesser than level 15 officers in the Ogun State Civil service.

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The two are also ordered to submit their International Passports to the Court while they should be reminded in the Prison custody pending the perfection of the bail terms.

But ruling on the third accused person, Justice Majekodunmi ordered that Ilesanmi be reminded in the EFCC’s custody till Monday 28th November when the court would be hearing the bail application filled by his counsel as such was filled late yesterday, Friday.

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