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36yr-old Offa poly lecturer in prison custody over alleged scam

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He has been recommended for dismissal— Mgt

A 36year-old Lecturer with the Federal Polytechnic, Offa, Mr. Mustapha Iliyas Abdulwasiu, has been dragged to to court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) Ilorin Zonal Office over alleged midiscount.

The accused person who was arraigned on Tuesday on Offences bordering on employment scam and obtaining money under false pretence.

ROYAL NEWS gathered that Mustapha was arraigned on a nine count charge before Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of a Kwara State High Court Sitting in Ilorin,  the State Capital.

36yr-old Offa poly lecturer in prison custody over alleged scam 36yr-old Offa poly lecturer in prison custody over alleged scam 36yr-old Offa poly lecturer in prison custody over alleged scam
The EFCC alleged that the Defendant who is a Lecturer in Accounting Department at the Federal Polytechnic,  Offa, Kwara State had at different times in 2019 defrauded many job seekers, majorly Couples under a false pretence of helping them to secure employments at the institution.

Count one of the charge reads “That you Mustapha Ilyas Abdulwasiu between June and July 2018 at Offa, within the jurisdiction of this honourable Court with intent to defraud obtained the sum of #600,000.00 (Six hundred thousand naira) from one Amubiaya Raphael Oluwafemi by false pretence that you were in charge of employment at the Federal Polytechnic,  Offa and obtained the money for the purpose of securing employment for the said Amubiaya Raphael Oluwafemi and his wife,  Amubiaya Remi Janet which representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, No. 14, 2006”

36yr-old Offa poly lecturer in prison custody over alleged scam

Count nine of the charge reads “That you,  Mustapha Ilyas Abdulwasiu  between December,  2018 and February 2019 at Offa within the jurisdiction of this honourable Court with intent to defraud obtained the sum of #550,000.00 (Five hundred and fifty thousand naira) from one Mustapha Kabir by false pretence that you were in charge of Employment at the Federal Polytechnic,  Offa and you obtained the money for the purpose of securing employment for the said Mustapha Kabir and his wife,  Jimoh Ganiyatu which representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act,  No 14 2006”

Although, the accused person “Pleaded not guilty” when the nine count charges were read to him but the authority of the polytechnic in a reaction by Olayinka Iroye claimed that,   “Mustapha is on indefinite suspension and he has been recommended for dismissal by the Staff Discplinary Committee but awaiting the Council’ s approval.”

The prosecuting Counsel,  A.A Adebayo told Justice Sikiru Oyinloye that ” My Lord,  considering the plea of the defendant,  we humbly apply for a trial date to enable the prosecution to prove its case,  we also pray your  Lordship to remand the accused Person in  Prison Custody,  these are my humble application my Lord ”

Defence Counsel,  M. O Balogun in his response said “My Lord,  we shall not be opposing the application seeking for adjournment to enable the prosecution to open its case, but however,  we urged your Lordship to allow us making an oral application for the bail of the defendant,  on the grounds that I was just been served with the charge this morning”

The Prosecuting Counsel however refuted the claims,  saying that the Accused Person was served with the Charge since 14th of October.

Justice Oyinloye after confirming that Mustapha was served since 14th of October said the bail application should be filed and adjourned the hearing till 7th of November 2019.

The Judge also ordered the the accused Lecturer should be remanded in Mandala Prison pending the hearing and determination of his bail application.

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