The Economics and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, arraigned one John Ojekorede Ojemuyiwa alongside his company, Digitpro Engineering Technology Ltd before Justice A.O. Oladimeji of the Osun State High Court sitting in Ede, Osun State on a two-count charge bordering on stealing and giving of gratification to public officers.
The accused person, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
In view of his plea, the prosecution counsel Oluwatoyin A. Owodunni asked the court for a trial date while the defence counsel, Banjo Akinwande, approached the court with an oral application for bail.
The prosecuting counsel opposed the oral application.
The judge ordered that the defence counsel present a formal application to help the court exercise its discretion on the bail application in view of the antecedents of failure of the accused person to honour EFCC official’s invitation twice.
One of the counts reads “that you John Ojekorede Ojemuyiwa and Digitpro Technology Ltd sometimes in February, 2014 at Ila-Orangun within the Osogbo judicial Division stole the sum of N53,837,574.08 (Fifty Three Million Eight Hundred and Thirty Seventy Thousand Five Hundred and Seventy Four Naira Eight Kobo) only for the sum of N112,810,952.20 (One Hundred and Twelve Million, Eight Hundred and Ten Thousand Nine Hundred and Fifty two Naira Twenty Kobo) advance to you as mobilization fee for the construction of an Amphitheatre by Osun State College of Education, Ila Orangun Osun State.”
The second count reads “that you John Ojekorede Ojemuyiwa and Digitpro Technology Ltd sometime in February, 2014 at Ila-Orangun within the Osogbo judicial Division corruptly gave the sum of N43,093,694.36 (Forty Million Ninety Three Thousand Six Hundred and Ninety Four Naira Thirty Six Kobo) to member of the Governing council, Osun State College of Education Ila-Orogun through one David Olayinka Olojede of De Capstone Ltd on account of the award of a contract worth N228,298,302.00 (Two Hundred and Twenty Eight Million, Two Hundred and Ninety Eight Thousand, Three Hundred and Two Naira) and the over payment of mobilization fee to you by the Governing Council and the Management of Osun State College of Education.”
Mr Ojemuyiwa’s journey to the dock followed a petition to the commission sometimes in April, 2016 by the Civil Societies Coalition For the Emancipation of Osun alleging a fraudulent conversion and diversion of N300 million TETFUND approved for sundry projects at the Osun State College of Education, Ila Orangun.
The matter was adjourned to Tuesday May 2nd, 2016 for hearing of the bail application and commencement of trial.
The accused is to be remanded at the Federal Prison, Ilesha, Osun State.