Justice O.O. Majekodunmi of the Ogun State High Court sitting in Isabo, Abeokuta, on Monday, December 19, adjourned the case brought by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, Pro-Chancellor and two other principal officers of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta to January 27, 2017 for hearing of the application and commencement of the trial.
February 9 and 10 were however fixed for continuation of the trial
Ogunlewe, a former Minister of Works, along with Prof. Olusola Oyewole, the Vice Chancellor and Moses Olusola Ilesanmi, the Bursar, are accused of conspiracy, stealing, abuse of office and obtaining under false pretenses.
Counsel to Ogunlewe, Wale Adesokan, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), had earlier filed a motion on notice to quash the charges on the ground that the court lacked jurisdiction to entertain the case.
Adesokan, also told before Justice Majekodunmi that the prosecution lacked evidence, among others, following which he urged the court to strike out the name of Senator Ogunlewe since the proof of evidence did not disclose any offence against him.
Responding, counsel to the EFCC stated that the commission received a petition dated July 19, 2016 from three stakeholders of FUNAAB, complaining about the criminal conduct of Ogunlewe, the first defendant and his co-accused persons in the running of the university.
The EFCC counsel explained that when the first accused was invited in respect of the said allegation and e volunteered his statement in response to the petition, adding that a careful perusal of the statement as contained in the proof of evidence showed that the level of his culpability and direct link and positive to the information against him.
Specifically, part of the 18-count charge preferred against the trio included putting N400 million in a fixed deposit account with a commercial bank without following due process and the accrued interest therefrom paid into personal accounts of two private individuals.
The accused were however granted N50 million bail with three sureties each in like sum, who should have landed properties within the jurisdiction of the court. Title documents of the property were to be tendered in the court, while the sureties, who should submit their international passports to the court, should be officers not below grade level 15 in the Ogun State Civil Service.
The case, which was earlier slated for December 16, 2016, was shifted, because the presiding judge was bereaved.