By AKEEB ALARAPE
A 30-year-old medical doctor-turned-stockbroker, Mrs Ibukun Adebayo Adedayo was yesterday re-arraigned before a Lagos High Court, sitting in Ikeja for alleged stealing of N41, 009, 457.85 from the account of a customer.
The stolen money, according to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) belonged to Mrs. Olajumoke Obafemi, a customer of Structured Financial Group of Ventures and Trust Limited. Adedayo had earlier been arraigned on a 24-count charge of stealing, fraud, fraudulent conversion of money, altering and forgery before Justice Habeeb Abiru, who has now been elevated to the Court of Appeal.
In the charge sheet of the offences preferred against her yesterday, the EFCC alleged that the defendant stole the money from the account of Obafemi between June and December 2008. She was alleged to have stolen the money when she was the Head of Structured Financial Group of Ventures and Trust Limited.
According to the anti graft agency, the offences of stealing, forgery, altering were contrary to section 390, 467, 468 of the Criminal Code Cap 17, Vol. 2, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003. Part of the charges stated thus; “That you Ibukun Adebayo Adedayo on or about the 13th of June, 2008 stole and fraudulently converted the sum of N7, 000, 000, property of one Mrs. Olajumoke Obafemi in her account with Ventures and Trust Limited.
“That you, Ibukun Adebayo Adedayo on or about August 4, 2008 stole and fraudulently converted N6, 500, 000 property of Mrs. Olajumoke Obafemi, which sum you debited from her account with Ventures and Trust Limited and credited same to the account of Manamachi Technobuild Services with Zenith Bank Plc and converted same.
“That you Ibukun Adebayo Adedayo on or about the 5th of October, 2008 stole and converted N7,300,000 property of Mrs. Olajumoke Obafemi, which sum you debited from her account with Ventures and Trust Limited and credited same to the account of Manamachi Technobuild Services with Zenith Bank Plc and converted same.
The EFCC also alleged that the accused person “with intent to defraud forged email instructions of Mrs. Olajumoke Obafemi to make two cheques, one for N6 million payable to Manamachi Technobuild Services and another for the balance payable to the said Mrs. Olajumoke Obafemi. “That Ibukun Adedayo on or about 6th October, 2008 with intent to defraud knowingly and fraudulently uttered forged email instructions dated 6th of October of Mrs. Olajumoke Obafemi to make cheque of N7, 300, 000 million payable to Manamachi Technobuild Services as genuine.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the 24-count charge preferred against her. Counsel to the EFCC, Mr. Takiyudeen Arebi asked the court to remand the accused person in the custody of the commission because she is a nursing mother. Ruling on the bail application brought by her lawyer, Mrs. Olukemi Omotoso, Justice Okunnu granted Adedayo bail in the sum of N10 million and two sureties in the like sum. One of the sureties, the court stated, must be a property owner in Lagos State and the property must be verified by the court registrar. Justice Okunnu later adjourned further hearing into the case till February 2, 2013.