Court Acquits Former Nigerian University Vice Chancellor, Senator Accused Of N842m Fraud

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The High Court in Abeokuta on Wednesday, acquitted and discharged former Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Agriculture (FUNNAB), Abeokuta, Olusola Oyewole, and two others over an alleged fraud of N842 million, saying that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) failed to prove its case.

The former Vice Chancellor, senator, Adeseye Ogunlewe (former Pro Chancellor) and Olusola Ilesanmi (Bursar), were arraigned by the EFCC on November 25, 2016, based on a petition accusing them of criminal offences.

They faced an 18-count charge which included fraud, abuse of office, stealing and obtaining money under false pretence among others.

The court however ruled that the evidence was not enough to ground a conviction.

Justice Olatokunbo Majekodunmi held that the evidence by all the 11 witnesses showed lack of evidence and therefore set all the accused free.

“The prosecutor has not established any prima facie case against all the accused, and I hereby discharge and acquit them,” the judge said.

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