Man bags 51 years imprisonment for stealing N14m

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An Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court on Monday sentenced one Taiwo Ojo to 51 years imprison for stealing N14 million belonging to the Traditional Council of Obas.

The state counsel, Mr Akintayo Arogundade, told the court that the accused committed the offence in Sept. 2008 and April 2009 at Ilawe-Ekiti.

He said that the accused was facing a 12 count-charge bordering on stealing, cheating, forgery and fraud.

Arogundade said that the accused forged the signature of His Royal Majesty, Oba Oladapo Oyebade, the Ologotun of Ogotun-Ekiti, by signing his signature on payment vouchers.

The prosecutor alleged that the accused also forged the signature of Oni Joseph, the Secretary of the Traditional Council of Ekiti South-west Local Government Area.

According to him, the accused used the signatures to withdrew N14 million from the Traditional Council account of the Ekiti South-west Local Government.

In his plea, the counsel to the accused, Mr Kayode Akinwumi, urged the court to tamper justice with mercy and be lenient with his client.

Chief Magistrate Ropo Adegboye said in his judgement that the accused was guilty of the offence as charged, following evidence of the prosecutors including Oba Oyebade.

He sentenced the accused person to two years imprison on count one to three, and five years on count four to twelve, saying the sentence would run concurrently. (NAN)

 

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