Alleged N130m fraud: Accused ex-Lagos deputy governor still at large


Babatunde-FasholaA Federal High Court in Lagos on Friday adjourned indefinitely the arraignment of Alhaja Sinatu Ojikutu and her son, Samson, for alleged complicity in a N130m fraud.According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Ojikutu, a former deputy governor of the state, and her son, were to be arraigned on three counts of conspiracy, fraud and stealing.

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Justice Mohammed Yunusa adjourned the arraignment since die, after the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s counsel, Mr. Bukola Durojaiye, informed the court that the suspects were absent in court, due to the inability of the police to secure their arrest.

Durojaiye then prayed the court to adjourn the arraignment indefinitely.

Yunusa consequently adjourned the case indefinitely.

“The application of prosecution is hereby granted, and the case is hereby adjourned sine die, to enable the prosecution make necessary arrangement for the arraignment of the suspects,” Yunusa ruled.

Earlier, Durojaiye told the court that the Special Fraud Unit was making frantic efforts to ensure that the suspects were produced for trial.

Durojaiye, therefore, prayed the court to adjourn the case sine die, to enable the prosecution put its house in order and produce the accused for arraignment.

In the charge sheet, the suspects were alleged to have committed the offense in September, 2011.

They were alleged to have fraudulently obtained the sum of N130m from one Cajetan Okekearu, under the pretext that they possessed a plot of land to sell at Lekki phase 1, Victoria Island, Lagos.

It was further alleged that the suspects obtained the said sum of money from the complainant, who later discovered that their claim of ownership of the land was false, as there was an already existing title to the land.

Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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