Retired prisons comptroller docked over N8.7m land scam

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The Abuja Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) 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 charge reads, “that you, Kayode Raphael Odeyemi sometime in December 2019 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, by false pretense and with intent to defraud, did obtain the sum of N6,500,000 from Joseph N. Emelieze, paid into your under the pretence that the said payment was meant for purchase of 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 which was paid for the purchase of a plot of land at Sabon Lugbe, Abuja.

He pleaded not guilty to both counts.

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

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