Sun. Aug 1st, 2021

Lawyer, Council Chief Face Trial For Stealing Dead man’s N167m

Lawyer, Council Chief Face Trial For Stealing Dead man’s N167m

A lawyer, Ibukunoluwa Konu and Oyo State Council Official, Badmus Adesina are to be arraigned before an Igbosere High Court, Lagos, on July 28, over alleged stealing of the sum of  N167,886,591,60 million, belonging to a dead man.

The Court presided over by Justice O. Ogunjobi, fixed the date today, due the absence of first defendant Adesina, an Ibadan resident, the case was brought to the court’s notice. Only Konu, the lawyer, was present in court. 

Justice Ogunjobi also stated that the adjournment was also in keeping with the COVID-19 regulations of the Lagos State Judiciary. 

Adesina, according to his counsel Mr O. Agboola, was unable to attend court because of the national ban on interstate travel as a measure to check the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic. 

According to the charge sheet dated January 24, 2020, the two defendants are to face a four-count charge filed against by the police.

The police alleged that Adesina, 59, and Konu, 44, conspired and committed the offences of stealing, forgery and making documents without authority between 2009 and 2019.

Prosecution counsel Williams Tijani of the Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (FCIID) Ikoyi, alleged that the defendants stole N167,886,591,60 from the Estate of the late Godfrey Kwashie Konu. 

Tijani said within the same period between Ibadan and Lagos, both defendants “did forge a letter of attestation of marriage certificate purportedly issued from Ibadan South East Local Government of Oyo State and a letter captioned ‘Marriage Certificate’ issued from a Magistrate Court in Ibadan”

The prosecution further alleged that both men, “with intent to defraud, without lawful authority or excuse make,” signed or executed the forged letter of attestation of Marriage Certificate. 

According to the Police, the offences contravened and were punishable under Sections 280, 287, 363, 365, 370 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.