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Bamaiyi: Court to rule on $330,000 fraud case Dec. 21

An Ikeja High Court   will, on December 21, rule on a $330,000 fraud allegation against a former court registrar, Mrs. Oluronke Idowu Rosulu.

Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo fixed the date after adoption of final written addresses by parties.

Rosulu is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretence.

Defence counsel Bamidele Ogundele told the court that the EFCC did not prove its case, as no evidence was led to show that the defendant visited Kirikiri Prisons and collected the said $330,000.

Ogundele added that the prosecution also failed to prove through documentary evidence that the defendant met Fred Ajudua and others or obtained money by false pretence from Lt-Gen Ishaya Bamaiyi (rtd).

The lawyer said the EFCC did not conduct an identification parade for Bamaiyi to identify the defendant.

He urged the court to discharge the defendant and acquit her of the allegations.

Prosecution counsel Seidu Atteh, who called six witnesses and tendered 10 exhibits, argued that an accused could be convicted based on a confessional statement and circumstantial evidence.

Atteh added that Bamaiyi’s eyewitness testimony that the defendant collected the alleged amount was neither challenged nor contradicted.

He said: “The defendant merely denied going to Kirikiri.

“The fact that the prison officer did not adhere to the regulation of conducting a visit to the prison cannot be a defence by the defendant to the charge before this court.”

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