A 46-year-old lecturer of the Oke-Ogun Polytechnic in Saki, Mr Popoola Waheed, was on Wednesday arraigned before Chief Magistrate Mr. Taiwo Oladiran of the Iwo-Road Chief Magistrates’ Court, Ibadan over allegations bordering on forgery and theft of the institution’s money.
Popoola was arraigned on a three-count charge of conspiracy, stealing and forgery in a suit delineated Mi/17c/19 and he pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
The prosecutor, Asp Sunday Ogunremi, had informed the court that Popoola and others now at large, sometimes between the months of August 2016 to January 2017 at the Oke-ogun Polytechnic, Saki in Saki magisterial district did conspire together to steal.
The prosecutor alleged that the defendant and others now at large stole one million, nine hundred and twenty five thousand hundred and thirty three naira sixty seven kobo (N1,925,233,67k) belonging to the institution, adding that they also forged the signature of one Mrs. Dolapo Omolola Adeniji in the same institution to withdraw her salary.
The prosecutor said the offences committed is punishable under Section 516, 390 (9) (6) and 467 of the Criminal Code, Cap 38vol. II Laws of Oyo State, Nigeria 2000.
Chief Magistrate Oladiran granted the defendant bail in the sum of N 500, 000 with two sureties in like sum with an order that the sureties must be gainfully employed and must be resident within Ibadan magistrate district and they must be worth N 500,000 each.