Court commences hearing on alleged false declaration of assets case




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LAGOS – A Federal High sitting in Lagos on Tuesday commenced hearing in a case filed by the EFCC against one Oluwole Adegbite over false declaration of assets.
Adegbite is standing trial on a five-count charge bordering on false declaration of interest in different bank accounts.
 The Prosecutor, Mr Adekunle Fayoju, had said that Adegbite committed the alleged offences on Sept. 18, 2012 in Lagos.
 He said that Adegbite knowingly refused to declare his interest in Funbotek Nig. Ltd’s different accounts with Keystone Bank.
Fayoju said that the accused also neglected to declare his interest in one developed property located at Oniyaomebi Street in Alagbado, near Lagos.
The prosecutor said that the accused neglected to provide all information about his assets when he was filling the asset declaration form given to him by the EFCC.
He said that the alleged offence contravened Section 27 (3) (b) (c) of the EFCC (Establishment) Act, 2004.
He said that the Act provides that anyone who falsely declares his assets committed an offence punishable with 10 years imprisonment.
At the resumed hearing, Counsel to the accused, Mr Adesino Ogunlano, cross-examined the prosecuting witness, DSP. Abubakar Omede.
Omede told the that he was the police officer who investigated the matter.
In his evidence, he testified that the accused failed to declare most of his assets, especially his with Keystone Bank.
 He said that the accused read the questions in the assets declaration form given to him by the EFCC but refused to declare all his assets.
The prosecutor asked the to adjourn the case for him to call witnesses.
Justice Musa Kurya, however, adjourned the case until June 24 for continuation of trial.
 He ordered that the accused should continue to enjoy his bail.
The accused was first arraigned on May 25, 2013, when pleaded not guilty and was granted bail. (NAN)