EFCC arraigns three persons for allegedly attempting to defraud the University of Ilorin.
A bank manager and two others have been accused of defrauding the University of Ilorin by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC).
The suspects, a Business Manager with the United Bank of Africa Plc (UBA), University of Ilorin Branch, Sirajudeen Abdullahi; Segun Adelodun; and John Afolabi have been arraigned on eight charges before a Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin .
The accused persons are being prosecuted for allegedly conspiring with three more persons to obtain the sum of N59 million the University of Ilorin Personnel Cost Account with UBA bank.
The Counsel to the EFCC, Rotimi Oyedepo, informed the court that the prosecution had filed an amended eight count charge dated August 29, 2012 , pursuant to Section 185(A) of the Criminal Procedure Act of the State and urged the court to invite the accused persons to take their plea.
The presiding judge, Mahmood Gafar, obliged the application and the three accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charge. Mr. Oyedepo then asked the court to fix a date for the commencement of trial and remand the accused persons in custody.
Responding, Bashir Oladipo, counsel to Mr. Abdullahi, said he is not against the speedy commencement of trial but prayed the court to allow his client bail.
“We are mindful that the granting of bail is at the discretion of your Lordship. I urge your Lordship to exercise your discretion in favour of the accused person,” Mr. Oladipo submitted.
Counsels to the other accused persons aligned themselves with the position of Mr. Oladipo.However, Mr. Oyedepo objected to the oral application for bail. He said there are facts available to the complainant which cannot be presented except under oath. He urged the court to insist on a formal bail application from the respondents to enable the prosecution place facts against the granting of bail before the court.
After listening to the arguments of counsel, Justice Gafar ruled that the defendants file a proper bail application before the court and adjourned to September 11, 2012 for hearing of the bail application. He also ordered that the accused persons be remanded in police custody.