THE Pro-chancellor of the Federal
University of Agriculture (FUNAAB), Abeokuta, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, the
vice-chancellor, Professor Olusola Oyewole and former bursar, Mr Moses
Ilesanmi, were on Friday, detained, over allegation of stealing , abuse of
office and fraudulent conversion of government property to private use.
The trio had been in the custody of
the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), since last Wednesday, in
Ibadan, upon receipt of invitation for trial from the anti-graft agency.
They were docked before Justice
O.O. Majekodunmi of the Ogun State High Court 6, Isabo, Abeokuta, on 18 count
charge separately and jointly, respectively.
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that some concerned members of the university had written a petition against
the trio, and they were interrogated by the anti -graft agency, before their
When the charges were read to the
three accused persons, they all pleaded not guilty to them.
Counsel to Ogunlewe, Wale Adesokan
(SAN), informed the court that a bail application dated November 24, had been
filed before the court, relying sections 6 and 36 of the Constitution and
Section 118 of the Criminal Procedure Law.
He said that the same application
was equally served on the prosecution, saying the application was supported by
26 paragraphs affidavit and a written address.
Adesokan told the court that the
charges are bail able offence and that it attracts two and seven years
imprisonment, while adding that the travel documents of Ogunlewe is in the
custody of the EFCC.
Similarly, Counsel to Oyewole,
Benjamin Ogunmodede, also informed the court of a pending bail application, which
he said was dated same date.
He based his argument on Sections
118 (2)(3) of the Criminal Procedure Law of Ogun State 2006 and Sections 158
and 162 of Administration of Criminal Justice Act, 2015 saying that it’s the
constitutional right of the accused person to be admitted to bail.
He however relied on Supreme Court
case in Suleiman vs Commissioner of Police, 2008 and a Court of appeal case in
Mamman vs State, 2013 to back his argument.
While Counsel to Illesanmi, who is
the third accused person, Adedamola Lapite, also informed the court that his
own bail application was filed on Friday morning and served same on the
He prayed the court to allow his
client to continue to enjoy the administrative bail granted him by EFCC,
pending the time the EFCC counsel would respond to the application.
But the EFCC counsel, Dr Benedict
Ubi, opposed all the three applications adopting written submissions before the
Ubi, while explained that the
liberty of the accused person and presumption of innocence is, in the face of
the law, not absolute adding that same can be curtailed under circumstances.
He told the court that the duo of
Ogunlewe and Oyewole were interfering with investigation and the affairs of the
University, submitting that they had sacked staff members believed to be
connected with the case since the investigation started.
Ubi submitted that Ilesanmi could
no longer enjoy the administrative bail since he had been produced in court,
while asking the court to remand him in proper custody until Monday when he
would be ready to reply to the application.
In his ruling, Justice Majekodunmi
granted bail to the first and second accused persons in the sum of N50 million
with two sureties in like sum.
One of the sureties, according to
the judge must also be a level 15 officer in the State Civil Service, while all
of them must have landed properties within the jurisdiction of the court.
They were also to deposit the
documents of the properties with the registrar of the court.
The third accused person was
however remanded in the custody of the agency until Monday when his bail
application would be argued.