EFCC asks court to convict octogenarian over N1.4m fraud

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Ikeja - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has asked an Ikeja High Court to convict an 88-year-old man, Olusola Alaba, over the N1.4 million fraud charge preferred against him.

The EFCC counsel, Mr Jamiu Musa, stated this on Wednesday, while delivering his final address at the trial of Alaba before Justice Lateefat Okunnu.

Musa said the prosecution had proved its case against Alaba, who was a former member of the defunct Western House of Assembly in the First Republic, beyond reasonable doubt.

He said the evidence before the court and the testimonies of the prosecution witnesses had sufficiently established the charges against the accused.

However, Alaba’s counsel, Mr Olawale Kareem, prayed the court to discharge and acquit his client.

Kareem argued that there was no direct evidence linking the octogenarian to the alleged fraud.

Following their submissions, the judge adjourned the matter till Feb.28, 2014, for judgment.

The EFCC had on Jan.23, arraigned Alaba on a five-count charge of obtaining money by false pretences and forgery.

He was charged for allegedly defrauding one Mrs Olutoyin Ogundipe of N1.4 million on June 20, 2011 in Lagos.

The EFCC alleged that Alaba obtained the money by claiming that it represented the cost of a three-bedroom flat, located at Plot 8, Oladimeji Alo St., Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.

Alaba is also accused of forging two international passports and drivers licences, in the names of Babatunde Savage, Anthony Okundalaye, Lateef Alli and Magnus Obe, to facilitate the fraud.

According to the EFCC, the alleged offences contravene Section 1(2) (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act No.14 of 2006.

It added the alleged offences also contravene Section 467 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003.

Alaba had pleaded not guilty to the charges and was granted bail in the sum of N1 million. (NAN)

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