A housewife, Isah Mary has dragged her husband, Babalola Adegoke before an Ekiti State High Court in Ado Ekiti for defrauding her of the sum of N3.150m.
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Isah stated that in 2015 she processed and collected her late father’s entitlement that retired as a senior Police Officer and died same year. The sum of over five million was deposited into her account as she was her father’s next if kin. However, her husband under false pretense obtained a sum of N3.150m and converted same to his personal use.
The charge read, “That Babalola Adegoke on 4th & 16th February, 2021 at Iye Ekiti in Ilejemeje Local Government Area of Ekiti State did obtain and steal the sum of N3.150m from one Isah Mary contrary to Section 419(2) and 390(9) of the Criminal Code Law, Cap. C7, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.”
The prosecutor, Barrister Kolapo Kolade called two witnesses while exhibits tendered include, nominal complainant’s statements of account, minute’s sheets from the Police, cash sales invoice, among others.
Adegoke denied the allegations brought against him by the complainant adding that he has been financially responsible for the defendant and their two children even before and after the death of her father, he called three witnesses during his defense.
Delivering his ruling, the judge, Justice Lekan Ogunmoye acquitted and discharged the accused on the basis of the defendant not being able to prove her case against the accused.
He said: ‘’I am unable to hold that the prosecution has proved the charge of obtaining money under false pretense from the claimant.
“In all, the sole issue for determination is resolved against the prosecution. I hold that the prosecution had not proved its case against the defendant beyond reasonable doubt. He is discharged and acquitted on both counts.”
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