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EFCC closes case against octogenarian accused of N1.4m fraud

IKEJA — The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday, closed its case against an 88-year-old man, Olusola Alaba, standing trial for an alleged N1.4 million fraud.

Alaba, a former member of the defunct Western House of Assembly in the First Republic, is being tried at an Ikeja High Court, Lagos Sstate.

The octogenarian was arraigned on January 23 before Justice Lateefat Okunnu on a five-count charge of obtaining money by pretence and forgery.

Reports say the court had granted Alaba bail in the sum of N1 million after he pleaded not guilty of the alleged charge.

At the resumed trial on Thursday, the EFCC counsel, Mrs. Olubunmi Bosede, called two prosecution witnesses, Sgt. Joseph Okezie and Taofeek Sokunbi.

Okezie, an EFCC investigative officer, told the court of how Alaba on June 20, 2011, in Lagos, allegedly obtained the sum of N1.4 million from one Mrs. Olutoyin Ogundipe by pretence.

The witness said that Alaba obtained the said sum from the woman claiming that the said money represented the cost of a three bedroom flat located at Plot 5, Oladimeji Alo St., Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.

He said that the Ogundipe paid the said money into one of the new generation bank in favour of one Babatunde Savage.


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