By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
Two employees of CHAMS Plc and two fake members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) accused of defrauding Osun State of the sum of N2.472 billion have been granted bail by an Osogbo Magistrate Court on Tuesday, 20th October, 2015.
The four accused persons arraigned before Magistrate Olusola Aluko on Tuesday, 6th October, 2015 had been remanded in Ilesa prison custody while their counsel, Mr. Seye Oluyombo was asked to file formal application for their bail.
The defence counsel then approached the court with a written application for the bail of the accused persons who had pleaded not guilty to the eight count charge pressed against them by the state Ministry of Justice.
The defence counsel prayed the court to grant his clients bail saying they were presumed innocents of the alleged offences until prooved otherwise by the prosecution but the prosecution objected the counsel’s prayers arguing that the accused would flee if granted bail.
In his ruling, Magistrate Aluko committed the four accused persons to bail in the sum of 500,00 and two sureties each in the like amount.
Aluko ruled that one of the sureties must be a civil servant not below grade level 16 or a permanent secretary while the other surety must be a traditional ruler, a property owner within the state capital who must possess as at when due three years tax clearance certificate.
None of the accused persons was in court when the ruling on the bail application was given. Our correspondent learnt they were in court serving their remand.
But relatives of the accused persons who were in court expressed dissatisfaction to the conditions of bail saying they are “too stringent to be met.”
According to the charge sheet obtained by our correspondent in Osogbo yesterday, the accused persons: Wale Oyeniyi; Lawrence Akinwale; Samson Oladiran and Zacheaus Akinlabi, conspired and committed the offence at CHAMS Plc office, Ministry of Finance, Accountant General’s Office Osogbo.
They were also accused of forging posting letters of five corps member doctors and identity cards to defraud the state government.
The charge read further read, ” That you Oyeniyi Kazeem Wale male; Lawrence Akiwale male; Kolade Oladiran Samson male; Akinlabi Zacheaus and three others now at large sometime in the year 2014 at CHAMS Plc office, Ministry of Finance, Accountant General’s office Osogbo in Osogbo Magestaerial Distrcit did. Onspire together to defraud the Osun State Government the sum of tow million, four hundred and seventy two thousand, eight hindered and twenty five thousand naira and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 422 of the Criminal Code Cap 34 Vol II Law of Osun State of Nigeria 2003.
“That you Oyeniyi Kazeem Wale male; Lawrence Akiwale male; Kolade Oladiran Samson male; Akinlabi Zacheaus and three others now at large sometime in the year 2014 at CHAMS Plc office, Ministry of Finance, Accountant General’s office Osogbo in Osogbo Magestaerial Distrcit did forge five doctor corpers letter of posting and identity cards with intent to defraud Osun State Government and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 467 of the Criminal Code Cap 34 vol. II Law of Osun State of Nigeria, 2003.”