Ex-Osun LG boss bags three years imprisonment



By Olu AJAYI (Abeokuta)

NIGERIA: FORMER Chairman of Orolu Local Government Area of Osun State, Chief Rufus Woleola Ojo, will change his residence to Ile-Ife prison in the next three years

This was the decision of an Osun State High Court, Ede Division, which found Ojo guilty on two of the three

*Chief Rufus Woleola Ojo.

count charges filed against him by the Ibadan Zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The Presiding Judge, Justice David Oladimeji, said that from the pieces of evidence adduced in the case by the commission, the ex-Chairman was guilty and would spend the jail term on each of the two counts which will run concurrently.

The EFCC had on May 28, 2013 arraigned Ojo before Justice F.E. Owolabi of the state high court on the charges bordering on stealing, using his position for personal gratification and money laundering.

In one of the offences, the charge against him reads “that you Chief Rufus Woleola Ojo (Carrying on Business under the name and style of Rulekal Ventures) and others at large sometimes in December 2006 at Orolu Local Government Area within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud fraudulently converted to your own use the sum of N22,058,021.30k (Twenty Two Million, Fifty Eight Thousand and Twenty One Naira, Thirty Kobo) property of Orolu Local Government Area of Osun State entrusted to you whilst you were its Executive Chairman.”

But, the court, however, freed Ojo on allegation of money laundering.

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