From Debra Ajulo, Ilorin
The Upper Area Court 1, sitting in Ilorin, Kwara State, on Monday revoked the bail of Oyo State Comptroller of Correctional Service Centre, Bamidele Ademola Akin, who allegedly defrauded one Dele Adeleke of Afon close, Sabo-Oke, Ilorin, to the tune of N25million.
News Hub Mag! gathered that the Comptroller had enjoyed bail granted by the court but failed to reach some settlement with the plaintiff.
During the proceedings, the judge queried the defendant, asking why he failed to appear before the court at the last scheduled hearing.
In his response, the comptroller claimed that he had attempted to make payment to the claimant by going to the bank to make transfer.
“Unfortunately, the bank said I could not make such transfer for that day claiming that I had exceeded the daily limit of amount I can transfer.
“When I heard this, I collapsed. I didn’t know what happened to me. I woke up three days later in the hospital” the defendant said.
The judge, Justice Sunday Adeniyi, who frowned at the excuse made by the defendant, hence, reprimanded him.
“We are here to do serious business,” the judge said, upon which he made an order revoking the bail being enjoyed by the comptroller.
The complaint sheet revealed that Ademola Akin had previously been remanded at the Correctional Service Centre but was released when he paid less than a million as part of the said money being owed to the plaintiff.
The direct complaint filed against the defendant added that the complainant paid the cumulative sum of N25million for the purchase of a landed property situated at Ipaye Street, Off Onikanga Road, GRA, Ilorin.
The payments were said to be made in tranches into the Fidelity Bank account of Bamidele Akin and the last deposit was done on 29th January, 2019.
The Direct complaint said that it was one Mr Popoola Gabriel who initially had interest in acquiring the property that introduced the complainant to the defendant.
Popoola had paid the sum of N1.4million into the Comptroller’s account who promised to refund the money, the charge sheet revealed.
It was stated further that Bamidele Akin agreed to hand over the property to the complainant on 10th February, 2018 but failed to either do so nor refund the money paid into his account.
News Hub Mag! further gathered that efforts geared towards recovering the property from the defendant proved abortive despite the intervention of personalities from Omu-Aran, the headquarters of Irepodun Local Government Area of Kwara state.