EFCC arraigns Kwara civil servant for defrauding and issuing fake appointment letters to 23 church members
Oyawoye R. Olajumoke Fafemi (53 years old) was arraigned by the EFCC’s Ilorin Zonal Command for allegedly defrauding 23 members of the church seeking employment.
Fafemi, a Kwara State Ministry of Finance staff member, was brought before Justice Mohammed Sani of the Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin Monday, September 26, 2022, on four counts of employment and Hajj pilgrimage fraud…….Continue Reading
The defendant was accused of collecting various sums of money from 23 members of the Christ Apostolic Church in Offa, Kwara State, under the guise of helping them secure employment in the Kwara State Civil Service Commission and Federal Government Parastatals.
Investigations revealed that Fafemi had sent employment letters to her victims stating that they had been employed by the Kwara State Government as well as the Federal Government. They also listed their grades and salaries. Later, however, it was discovered that the letters were fake.
Count one of the charges reads: “That you, Oyawoye R. Olajumoke Fafemi, between the month of April and September 2019, in Ilorin, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud, obtained the gross sum of N2,000,000.00 (Two Million Maria Only) from one Moronfoye Solomon Daramola under the pretence that you will secure government employment for his church members; a representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act”
Count two reads: “That you, OYAWOYE R. OLAJUMOKE FAFEMI, between the month of May and August 2019, in Ilorin, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud, obtained the gross sum of N700,000.00 (Seven Hundred Thousand Naira Only) from one Adeoti Kamoru under the pretence that you will secure Hajj Pilgrimage visa for him; a representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section (1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.”
Fafemi pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to her.
Based on her pleas, prosecuting counsel, Andrew Akoja, urged the court to give a trial date to enable the prosecution to prove its case.
Defense counsel, A.T Yusuf, however, prayed the court to grant his client bail, pending the hearing and determination of the case.
Justice Sani granted Fafemi bail in the sum of N2 million and two sureties in like sum. The defendant was ordered to deposit two of her passport photographs with the court.
The judge adjourned the matter to November 17, 2022, for commencement of trial.