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EFCC arraigns retired Prison Comptroller over N8.7m land scam

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The Abuja Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, arraigned one Kayode Raphael Odeyemi, a 62-year-old retired Deputy Comptroller of Corrections, before Justice M.A. Madugu of the FCT High Court, Bwari Abuja on a two-count charge for offences bordering on land fraud.

Count one of the charges read, “that you, Kayode Raphael Odeyemi, some time in December 2019, in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, by false pretence and with intent to defraud, did obtain the sum of N6,500,000 (Six Million Five Hundred Thousand Naira) from Joseph N. Emelieze, paid into your First Bank account number 2015894843, under the pretence that the said payment was meant for the purchase of a plot of land situate at Sabon Lugbe, Abuja, a fact which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act”.

In count two, Odeyemi is accused of defrauding Joemelyz Global of the sum of N2,200,000 (Two Million Two Hundred Thousand Naira), which was paid into his Wema Bank account number 0121093181 for the purchase of a plot of land at Sabon Lugbe, Abuja.

Odeyemi, meanwhile, pleaded not guilty to both counts.

Justice Madugu, however, adjourned the matter till September 19, 2022, for commencement of trial.

Madugu then granted the defendant bail in the sum of One Million Naira with two sureties in like sum, one of whom must be a civil servant residing within the jurisdiction of the Court.