OAU: Staff and students in violent protest as court remands ex-VC, Prof. Elujoba in prison

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[Osun]–The workers of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife has gone on rampage following the ruling of Osun State High, Ede to remand the former Vice Chancellor, Prof. Timothy Elujoba in Ilesha prison.

Economic Financial Crime Commission had earlier arraigned Prof. Elujoba and the bursar, Mrs Aderonke Akeredolu on Friday on 7 count charge for conspiracy, stealing and disbursing money to their colleagues.

The charge read “That you Prof. Anthony Elujoba  and Aderonke Akeredolu in the month of August and September 2016 at Ile-Ife within the jurisdiction of this court conspire with yourself to commit felony: stealing money belonging to Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.

“That you Prof. Elujoba and Aderonke Akeredolu in the month of August and September 2016 at Ile-Ife in the jurisdiction of the court did fraudulently  converted to your own use the sum of N5,477,595 belonging to Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife which you purportedly claim is furniture allowance

“Prof. Elujoba and Aderonke Akeredolu in the month of August 2016 at Ile-Ife    N108,580,348.21 property of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in Osun State into fixed deposited account at WEMA bank.

“Prof. Anthony Elujoba  between the month of August and September 2016 at Ile-Ife in the jurisdiction of this court try to defraud and deposit N1,136,719.82 property of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife in a fixed WEMA bank.

“That you Mrs Aderonke Akeredolu between the  month of August and September at Ile-Ife between the jurisdiction of this court fraudulently convert the sum of N300,000 belonging to Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife in Osun State which is purported to be your productivity bonus.

“That Prof Anthony Elujoba and Aderonke Akeredolu between the jurisdiction of this court conspired among yourself to distribute the sum of  N1,60,770,25000 to your  colleagues as productivity bonus

“That you  Anthony Elujoba and Aderonke Akeredolu use the public officer of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife between the month of August and September 2016 at Ile-Ife  within the court juridiction use your office to cover  an advantage to share to your colleagues with sum of N1,60,775,000 which sum of money is distributed as productivity bonus”.

However, the two accused person pleaded not guilty to all count pressed against them.

Counsel to the two accused person, Mr. Ibrahim Lawal made an oral bail application which was fixed for Tuesday, 11th of July, 2017 for hearing of bail application.

Meanwhile, the application was argued before Justice David Oladimeji.

The justice said the two accused persons should  be remanded in Ilesha prison pending the ruling on bail application as the case was adjourned to July 19, 2017.




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