Police drop $120,000 fraud case against Osun deputy chief of staff

The Office of the Inspector General of Police on Wednesday withdrew the $120,000 fraud charges instituted against the Deputy Chief of Staff to Osun State Governor, Abdullah Binuyo.

Justice Olasumbo Goodluck of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Maitama, Abuja, made an order striking out the case shortly after the prosecuting counsel, Rimamsomte Ezekiel, withdrew the case on Wednesday.

Ezekiel, a lawyer in the Legal Prosecution Section of the Force Criminal Investigation Department at the Force Headquarters did not give any reason for the withdrawal of the case, which was earlier filed on September 9, 2020.

The certified records of the proceedings seen by our correspondent on Wednesday, showed that Binuyo was absent from the proceedings but was represented by his lawyer, Wahab Ismail.

“At the instance of the prosecuting counsel, Rimamsomte Ezekiel, this suit is struck out,” Justice Goodluck ruled.

The police filed the case, marked CR/975/2020, with four counts of conspiracy, fraud, cheating and forgery, preferred against Binuyo.

The prosecution alleged that Binuyo in January 2017 in Abuja “conspired with others who are now at large to dupe one Babatunde Ajala and his company, BMA Nig Ltd”.

It was also alleged that Binuyo, “with intention to defraud and under false pretences, obtained $120,000 for Tunde Ajala and his company, BMA Nig. Ltd”.

The offences were said to be punishable under various provisions of the Advance Fee Fraud and other related offences and the Penal Code Law.

Earlier on Wednesday, Binuyo’s legal team, had said in a statement that he was not liable for the $120,000 fraud charges.

Binuyo’s lead counsel, Wahab Ismail, said in a statement that his client was merely a witness to the failed business transactions leading to the filing of the case.

The Punch

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