Retired civil servants protested against the retirees.
Scores of retired local government employees in the Oyo State civil service stormed the premises of the State High Court to protest against former civil servants accused of pension fraud.
A former Oyo State Head of Service, Kudirat Adeleke, and 11 other state workers were on Thursday arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, for allegedly mismanaging pension funds totaling about N5.6 billion.
The suspects were accused of a 213-count charge bordering on conspiracy, obtaining money through false pretense and forgery.
They pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
Also standing trail with the former first civil servant are Muili Aderemi, Iyabo Giwa, Adesina Ayoade, Oguntayo Banji, Adebiyi Olasunmbo, and Muili Adedamola.
Others are Adeduntan Johnson, Johnson Bosede, Kareem Rasheed, Olujimi Adebayo and Adewale Kehinde.
The protesters at the court carried placards with inscriptions criticising the accused persons. They also urged the court to deliver justice expeditiously on them.
According to the charge sheet, the accused persons withdrew the sums from accounts belonging to the Oyo State Local Government Staff Pension Board in Fin Bank (now First City Monument Bank), Zenith Bank, and Stanbic/IBTC bank between September 2010 and January 2011.
The accounts were opened to effect payment of the pension and gratuities of retired local government workers in the state.
Until she was appointed the state Head of Service by the then Adebayo Alao-Akala administration, Mrs. Adeleke was the permanent secretary in the ministry of local government and chieftaincy matters in the state.
The accused persons allegedly forged receipts to enable them use the names of authentic retiree and use same to process their monies in the bank.
For over six hours, the accused persons were in the duck taking their plea.
However, efforts to push for their bail were unsuccessful as the court asked for a formal bail application, submitting that the sensitive nature of the case and the number of the accused person demanded so.
After listening to counsels from all sides, Justice Bolaji Yusuf adjourned till November 14 for hearing of bail applications.
She also ordered that the accused persons be remanded in prison pending the determination of their bail applications.
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