You have a case to answer, judge tells accused

Ibadan, March 3, 2017 (TNE): A Federal High Court in Ibadan presided over by Justice Nathaniel Ayo-Emmanuel on Friday struck out a no-case application filed by one Clement Adenose, an accused in a N115 million fraud case.

Benjamin Ogunbodede, a professor and former director of the Institute of Agricultural Research and Training, Ibadan, Zachius Tejumola and Adenose, along with 10 others, have been standing trial since 2014 on 17 charges.

The charges border on unlawful conversion, conspiracy, forgery and stealing of N115 million hazard allowance at the institute located on Moore Plantation, Ibadan.

At Friday’s hearing, Ayo-Emmanuel held that from the evidence before him, Adenose had questions to answer because he was linked to the withdrawal of some of the money in question.

“Based on the evidence before me, the third accused (Adenose) still needs to make some explanations as to the collection of the N7.5 million from the account,” the judge said.

He adjourned the case till March 30 for continuation of trial.

Adenose had through his counsel, Mrs Yetunde Adegboye, filed a no-case submission, saying the EFCC could not establish any case against her client.

She argued that the evidence which the EFCC had was not reliable and should be dismissed.

The EFCC, however, argued that the accused had a case to answer.

The Nigerian Expression recalls that some of the accused persons, who had opted for plea bargain, have since been indicted and convicted.(TNE)

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