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Court Frees Ex-OAU Acting VC After Three Years Over Alleged Fraud

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Three years after their arraignment for issues relating to fraud, Osun State High Court, Osogbo on Thursday has discharged and acquitted Anthony Elujoba and Josephine Akeredolu, former acting vice-chancellor and and ex-acting bursar of the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife.

According to the judge Wasiu Akanbi, the prosecution’s case lacks merit. Mr Elujoba and Ms Akeredolu were arraigned in July 2017 by the EFCC over a petition  of fraud, conversion of public funds, conspiracy and abuse of office filed against them.

Giving his judgement on Thursday, th presiding judge said that the prosecution could not prove any of the seven-count charges against the defendants.

Stating that the prosecution team led by M.S. Usman called three witnesses who gave contradictory evidence before the court. Furthermore, he also said that Mr Elujoba’s appointment letter stated that he would be entitled to fringe benefits, even though he was to serve for six months. The judge also noted that the OAU Governing Board and the Federal Ministry of Education did not report any missing funds.