Female Court Official Remanded In Prison For N9.2m Fraud

The EFCC on Friday, April 28, arraigned a deputy chief registrar of the Ibadan Judicial Division of Oyo State High Court, Mutiat Omobola Adio, before Justice S. Olagunju of Oyo State High Court sitting in Ibadan on a 2-count charge of fraud to the tune of N9.2million.

Mrs. Adio allegedly collected the sum as payment for a property located at Plot 10, Block XXIV, Bashorun Estate, Ibadan, sold to one Yekini Olonade, but failed to surrender the title documents of the property to him.

Efforts of the victim to recover the money or have possession of the property yielded no result.

The offense is contrary to Section 1 (2) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.

When the charges were read to her, she pleaded not guilty.

In view of her plea, counsel to EFCC, Oluwatoyin Owodunni, asked the court to fix a date for the prosecution to present its witnesses and for the remand of the defendant in prison.

But, Adio’s counsel, T.O. Moneke, prayed the court for a short adjournment to enable her file application for bail of the defendant.

Consequently, Justice Olagunju adjourned to May 5, 2017, for the hearing on the bail application.

“The defendant is to be remanded in prison custody”, the judge ordered.