Court remands surety in Kirikiri maximum prison for failure to produce suspect

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Monday, arraigned one Adewole Lukman Olaniyan before Justice O. H. Oshodi of the Lagos State High Court, Ikeja on one-count charge bordering on making false statement to public officer contrary to Section 96 (a) Criminal Laws of Lagos, 2011.

Olaniyan stood as a surety for one Segun Akintayo on January 12, 2016 at the EFCC office and had promised to always produce the suspect whenever he is needed by the anti-graft agency. However, the defendant failed to produce the suspect.

The charge reads: “Adewole Lukman Olaniyan on or about the 12th January, 2016 at Lagos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intention to causing Remedy Yange Sulvanus, a public officer employed as an Operative in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) release one Segun Akintayo on bail to you, falsely informed the officer to use his lawful authority to release the said Segun Akintayo on bail to you; an action he would not have taken if he had not relied on your undertaking”.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge, following which the prosecuting counsel, George Chia-Yakua asked the court to fix a date for trial and to remand the defendant in prison custody.

The defence counsel, Oyeyemi Obokun told the court that he has filed a fundamental human right application with suit No ID5133 which court dismissed, on the grounds that it was not filed before the court and it had nothing to do with the arraignment of defendant.

Justice Oshodi ordered the remand of the defendant in the Kirikiri maximum prison, Apapa, Lagos and adjourned to October 26, 2017 for trial.

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