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Court Remands Offa Poly lecturer Over Employment Scam

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ilorin Zonal office, Tuesday, arraigned a Lecturer with the Federal Polytechnic, Offa, Kwara state, Mustapha Ilyas Abdulwasiu, before Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of a Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin on a nine-count charge bordering on employment scam and obtaining money by false pretence.

A press statement by the EFCC spokesperson, Mr Wilson Uwujaren, Tuesday in Abuja, said: “The defendant, who teaches in the Accounting Department at the polytechnic, allegedly defrauded many job seekers, on the pretext of helping them secure employment at the institution.

He said count one of the charge reads, “That you Mustapha Ilyas Abdulwasiu between June and July 2018 at Offa, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court with intent to defraud obtained the sum of N600,000 from one Amubiaya Raphael Oluwafemi by false pretence that you were in charge of employment at the Federal Polytechnic,  Offa and obtained the money for the purpose of securing employment for the said Amubiaya Raphael Oluwafemi and his wife,  Amubiaya Remi Janet which representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, No. 14, 2006.”

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Count nine of the charge reads “That you,  Mustapha Ilyas Abdulwasiu  between December,  2018 and February 2019 at Offa within the jurisdiction of this honourable court with intent to defraud obtained the sum of N550,000  from one Mustapha Kabir by false pretence that you were in charge of employment at the Federal Polytechnic,  Offa and you obtained the money for the purpose of securing employment for the said Mustapha Kabir and his wife,  Jimoh Ganiyatu which representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act,  No 14, 2006.”

He said the 36- year-old Lecturer pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to him and in view of his plea, the Prosecuting Counsel, A.A Adebayo, urged the court to fix a date for trial to enable the prosecution to prove its case, and order the remand of the defendant in the Nigerian Correctional Service custody.

However, the Defence Counsel, M. O Balogun, moved an oral application for the bail of the defendant but Justice Oyinloye asked the defence to present a written application.

He adjourned the hearing to November 7, 2019.

The Judge also ordered the remand of the defendant in Madala Correctional facility pending the hearing and determination of his bail application

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