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Ex-prison comptroller in court over N8.7m fraud


A 62-year-old former Deputy Comptroller of Correctional Service has been prosecuted at a High Court in Bwari, Abuja by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over land scam.

The anti-graft agency’s spokesman, Wilson Uwajaren, confirmed this in a statement.

The statement read in part, “Kayode Odeyemi, a 62-year-old retired former Deputy Comptroller of Corrections, was arraigned before Justice M.A. Madugu of the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Bwari, Abuja, on a two-count of offences bordering on land fraud.

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“Count one reads, ‘That you, Kayode Odeyemi, sometime in December 2019 in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, by pretence and with intent to defraud, did obtain the sum of N6,500,000 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 situated 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.’

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

“However, Odeyemi pleaded not guilty to both counts.

“Justice Madugu adjourned the matter till September 19, 2022, for commencement of trial and granted the defendant bail 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.”

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