- The Federal High Court sitting in Osun state ordered that the APC chieftain and the other suspects be remanded in prison
- Yinusa Amobi and other officials of the state were arraigned for diverting funds meant for the building of a lecture theatre and other infrastructures
Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has reportedly arraigned a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun for alleged diversion of funds.
Mr Yinusa Amobi, the chairman of the APC in Osun West senatorial district for stealing and criminal conspiracy after he allegedly diverted N.3 billion public fund with some others.
Amobi was reportedly arraigned with top officials of the Osun state College of Education (OSSCE), Ila-Orangun before Justice M A Onyetenu of the Federal High Court sitting in Osogbo.
The diverted fund, according to the EFCC, was approved for the construction of a lecture theatre and other valuable projects in the institution.
Amobi’s co-accused include Akin Latilo, Dr Basiru Gbadamosi, Mr David Olayinka Olojede, Kujeunbola Oluwafemi and the college’s director of works, Mr Ogungbemi.
Though they were not in court, they all pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.
The anti-graft agency says the alleged offence is contrary to section 1(1)(a) and 8(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.
The offence is also punishable under section 1(3) of the same Act and section 98,99 and 516 of the Criminal Code Act Cap,Laws of the Federation.
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Justice Onyetenu adjourned the case to May, 31 for consideration of the bail for the accused persons.
He however ordered that they should all be remanded at the Ilesa maximum prison till the adjourned date.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com has reported the arraignment of Babangida Aliyu, the former governor of Niger state, appeared in court on Tuesday, May 16. NAIJ.com learnt that Aliyu appeared with Umar Nasko, his chief of staff, over allegations of money laundering by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)
Watch below the arraignment of Andrew Yakubu, the former group managing director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC):