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Man charged with forgery of varsity’s statement of account

Mutiu Adedokun, an employee of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife in Osun, who is standing trial for allegedly forging the Postgraduate College’s statement of account to cover up a N221, 000 fraud, was on Monday released on a bail of N200, 000.

An Ile-Ife Magistrates’ Court which gave the ruling, also granted Adedokun one surety in like sum.

Magistrate Risikat Olayemi said the surety must swear to an affidavit of means and be resident within the court’s jurisdiction.

In addition, she said the surety must be a civil servant of not less than Grade Level 05.

Adedokun, 36, is facing a three-count charge of fraud, stealing and forgery.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Sgt. Sunday Osanyintuyi, told the court that the accused committed the offences between April 28, 2015 and Jan. 1, 2016 at Obafemi Awolowo University.

Osanyintuyi alleged that the accused collected N221, 000 from the complainant, Capt. Bukola Olanrewaju with a promise to help him to pay his school fees.

“The accused collected the N221, 000 from Olanrewaju and converted the money to his own.”

According to him, the accused also forged the university’s postgraduate college’s statement account to perpetrate the fraud.

The offences, he noted, contravened Sections 383, 390 (9), 419, 465 and 467 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun.

The accused pleaded not guilty and his lawyer, Mr Oluwafunso Adedokun, urged the court to grant him bail on liberal terms, promising he will not jump bail.

The case was adjourned until Sept. 27 for hearing.

The Nigeria Lawyer

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