Federal Poly Ado-Ekiti Ex-Bursar Jailed For Fraud

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Abdulazeez Abdulwahab 

JUSTICE A. L. Ogunmoye of an Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti has convicted a former Bursar of Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti, Mr Elijah Oladapo, for fraud. 

The convict was first arraigned by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) in 2021 alongside the former Rector of the same Institution, Mrs Theresa Taiwo Akande, for allegedly receiving over Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N500,000.00) as kickbacks from a contractor handling construction projects in the school.

The Commission, in a 9-count charge filed before the court, said their actions contravened sections 8(1) (a), 19 and 20 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.

The accused persons had pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them, which set the tone for the long trial.

During the trial, the court heard how the convict had, in 2015, abused his office by demanding and receiving kickbacks from a contractor handling the construction and furnishing of lecture theatres and offices in the school.

In his judgment, the trial judge, Hon. Justice Ogunmoye discharged and acquitted the 1st defendant, Mrs Akande of counts 1 – 3. He, however, found the 2nddefendant, Mr Oladapo guilty of the charges levelled against him in counts 4 – 9.

The court, therefore, sentenced Mr Oladapo to five years imprisonment for counts 4 – 7 with an option of a fine of One Million, Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N1.200,000.00) while he also sentenced him to 2 years imprisonment on counts 8 – 9 without an option of fine.

The convict, Oladapo has since been sent to the correctional centre to serve his time.

 

Eighteen-Eleven Media 

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