By Yusuf Oketola
A member of the Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE), Mr. Taofeeq Adepoju has been arraigned before an Osogbo magistrate’s court for allegedly defrauding 186 persons of the sum of N45m bank loan.
Adepoju was alleged of conspiring with some bank officials and others to obtain the sum of N45,293,916.00 from 186 workers of Irepodun Local Government, State of Osun.
Police prosecutor, Mr. Abiodun Fagboyinbo stated that the accused person posed as a bank official and obtained money from the victims to repay loans he secured for them from First Bank.
According to the charge sheet obtained by OSUN DEFENDER yesterday, the suspect and others at large committed the offence between 2012 and July 2015.
The offence was contrary to and punishable under Sections 422, 419, 516, 390(9) of Criminal Code, Cap 34, Vol II, Laws of Osun State, Nigeria 2002.
But Adepoju pleaded not guilty to the four-count charge of conspiracy, stealing, fraud and impersonation preferred against him.
Defence Counsel, Mr. S. P Ogundare pleaded with the court to admit the suspect to bail on a liberal term, assuring that credible sureties would stand for him as he was ready for trial.
The Magistrate, Mrs. Modupe Awodele admitted the suspect to bail in sum of N10, 000,000 with two sureties.
Awodele adjourned the case till February 9, 2021 for hearing.