Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Ilorin zonal office has arraigned a 66-year-old contractor, Chief Joseph Oluwole Komolafe before Justice Mahmood Abdulgafar of a Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin.
Chief Komolafe was arraigned on a one-count charge bordering on obtaining N31million under false pretence from the University of Ilorin.
The EFCC alleged that the defendant diverted the said money from the fund meant to supply laboratory equipment for the university.
The charge against Komolafe reads “that you, Oluwole Kamolafe being the alter ego of Destiny Work Limited, sometime in July 2015, in Ilorin within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did cheat Femimat Concept Limited the sum of #31, 500,000.00 (Thirty-One Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira) when you intentionally induced Femimat Concept Limited to supply laboratory equipment in respect of a contract worth N128,199,968.00 to the University of Ilorin in your stead, which he would not supply but for you inducement and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 320 of the Penal Code and punishable under section 322 of the same Penal Code”
The accused person pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him.
Prosecuting Counsel, A.A Adebayo, however, told Justice Abdulgafar “my Lord, in view of the plea of not guilty entered by the defendant, the prosecution shall be asking for a trial date to enable us to prove our case against the defendant. We are also urging your Lordship to remand the accused person in the facility of the Nigerian Correctional Facility”.
Lead Counsel to the Defendant, A.O Adelodun also told the Presiding Judge ” my Lord, we are not objecting to the application seeking for an adjournment for the prosecution to open its case, but we are praying your Lordship to allow us to move our oral application for bail”.
After the prosecuting Counsel opposed the oral application for the bail of the accused person, Justice Abdulgafar turned down the oral application for bail and ordered Chief Komolafe to be remanded in the custody of the EFCC.
The case has been adjourned till Friday, February 21 for the hearing of the bail application.