Court fixes Dec 21 for judgment in registrars case
Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo of a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja has fixed December 21, 2015 to deliver judgment in a suit filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged $330,000, fraud against the court registrar, Mrs Rosulu Idowu Oluronke.
Justice Lawal-Akapo fixed the date after argument and adoption of the parties final written address.
In his argument, defendant counsel, Mr. Bamidele Ogundele told court that the constitutional power of prosecution to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt was not satisfied.
The EFCC had alleged that the accused conspired and obtained fraudulently, the alleged sum from Major-General Ishaya Bamaiyi (rtd) in Prison.
Ogundele submitted that there was no dollars collected in prison, adding that the prosecution did not prove through documentary evidence that the defendant met Fred Ajudua and others for the purpose of obtaining money by false pretence from retired Major-General Bamaiyi.
Ogundele also said that prosecution did not produce to court, record of defendant’s visit to prison as well as documentation of $330,000. He submitted that the prosecution failed to conduct identification parade for Bamaiyi to identify the defendant.
He therefore prayed the court to discharge the defendant and acquitted her of the allegations.
EFCC counsel, Mr Seidu Atteh in his response told court that prosecution had called six witnesses and tendered 10 exhibits to prove the case, adding that an defendant can be convicted base on confessional statement and the circumstantial evidence.
He also told court that the evidence of Bamaiyi who was the eye witness to the defendant collecting the alleged sum was neither challenged nor contradicted. He stated that defendant merely denied going to kirikiri.
Bamaiyi had in his testimony before the court alleged that Rosulu aided a Lagos based socialite lawyer, Fred Ajudua, in defrauding him the sum of $330,000.
Bamaiyi said the money was supposed to be part payment for professional fees charged by Chief Afe Babalola to handle his trial for attempted murder of the late publisher of The Guardian, Mr. Alex Ibru and two others.