An Ogun State High Court sitting in Abeokuta struck out the suit filed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) against former Minister of Works, Senator Adeseye Ogunlewe, the immediate past Vice Chancellor of Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), Professor Olusola Oyewole, and the Bursar of the institution, Mr Moses Ilesanmi.
The court presided over by Justice Olatokunbo Majekodunmi, also discharged and acquitted the trio in the fraud allegations brought by the anti-graft agency.
The presiding judge ruled that the EFCC failed woefully in establishing a prima facie case against the accused persons.
The EFCC had, in November 2016, arraigned Ogunlewe, Oyewole and Ilesanmi separately and jointly on an 18-count charge bordering on alleged stealing, abuse of office and fraudulent conversion of the university property.
Ogunlewe, who was former Pro-Chancellor of FUNAAB, and the two other principal officers were arrested by EFCC operatives following a petition by some concerned members of the university.
The accused persons had all pleaded not guilty to the charges and the court subsequently granted them bail.
Shortly after his arraignment, Ogunlewe announced his resignation as the institution’s Pro-Chancellor, citing personal reasons, while Oyewole bowed out on May 23, 2017, after completing his five-year tenure as vice chancellor.
But delivering judgement yesterday, Justice Majekodunmi held that the EFCC failed to prove all the allegations against the accused persons.
The judge declared that all the evidence presented by the prosecution had been manifestly discredited through cross-examination such that the court could not rely on them.
He dismissed the suit for lacking in merit.
The judge, thereafter, discharged and acquitted the accused, all of whom were present in court.