Adesina Ogunlana, former chairman of the Nigerian Bar Affiliation (NBA), Ikeja Department, has collapsed within the dock throughout arraignment by the Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee (EFCC) on Wednesday.
Ogunlana collapsed, when the EFCC prosecution, Samuel Daji, requested the trial choose, Justice Mojisola Dada, to remand him in jail custody after he pleaded not responsible to a 30-count cost alongside different defendants.
Daji was, nevertheless, lent a serving to hand by his colleagues and provided a seat for the court docket proceedings to begin; the reason for his collapse couldn’t be ascertained.
The EFCC had arraigned Ogunlana, for alleged stealing and cash laundering alongside his predecessor, Yinka Farounbi and quick previous treasurer of the affiliation, Aderinola Kappo.
Based on the cost, the three defendants collectively allegedly stole a complete sum of N20 005, 000 belonging to the affiliation.
They had been alleged to have dedicated the offence between 2016 to 2018 by changing the stated quantity to non-public use.
EFCC alleged that the cash was paid into Ogunlana’s First checking account by issuance of cheque ‘ without authorisation’.
The defendants, nevertheless, pleaded not responsible to the cost most well-liked towards them by the EFCC.
Following their not responsible plea, the prosecution counsel led by Samuel Daji urged the court docket to remand the defendants in jail custody pending the court docket’s ruling on their bail utility.
Daji stated: “We urge the honourable court docket to grant us accelerated listening to on this matter and in addition to remand the defendants within the jail custody.
“My lord the primary and third defendants are flight threat. They jumped the executive bail granted them by the EFCC and the third defendant even gave us the handle of the home she has left two-years in the past and the owner can be on the lookout for her.
“They had been presupposed to be reporting on the EFCC workplace each Friday however they didn’t comply.
“These defendants have additionally been threatening our witnesses in addition to operatives of the EFCC by brokers of the primary defendant.
I urged the court docket to remand the defendants accordingly, in any case, governors are being stored in jail custody. There is no such thing as a large man in the place to maintain defendants.”
The defence counsel, Mr. Akin Olatunde, nevertheless, urged the court docket to grant the defendants bail on liberal time period.
“We actually fought the prosecution to prosecute this matter and so they have been coming to court docket since Monday.
“The court is at discretion to admit the defendants to bail after their arraignment. The essence of bail is for defendants to be present in court. They are responsible personalities who are ready to come for the trial anytime as demonstrated in their coming since Monday,” Olatunji stated.
After listening to each events, Justice Dada granted bail to the defendants as requested.
The choose stated: I’ve thought-about the case of the matter and contemplating the truth that the defendants are ex-officials of the Nigerian Bar Affiliation, the court docket shall be granting them a brief bail.
Justice Dada ordered the defendants to submit their worldwide passports to the court docket registrar pending the dedication of the bail situation.
She thereafter adjourned the matter until June 3, 2019, for listening to of bail utility and opening of the prosecution case.