Court summons prison officer over disappearance of suspected internet fraudsters from custody

Segun Showunmi in Ibadan

A Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, on Monday, summoned an officer of the Nigerian Correctional Service (NCS), J.O. Oyaleke over his failure to produce in court, Otuyalo Oluwadamilola, a defendant who is being prosecuted by the Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC).

Penpushing reports that  Head, Media and Publicity of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC), Wilson Uwajaren, made this known in a statement, explaining that, the suspect was arraigned in court for his involvement in cybercrimes to the tune of £45,000.

The summoned official who is a Deputy Superintendent of the Correction (DSC) was served with the “summon” on February 25, 2022 to come and testify about the whereabouts of the defendant.

Penpushing further reports that, the official was attached to Justice Uche Agomoh’s court and charged with the responsibility of producing any defendant remanded by same court, but  failed to produce the defendant on the 2nd of December, 2021 which had been slated for commencement of trial.

The Deputy Superintendent of the Correction (DSC), when asked by the court about the whereabouts of the defendant, said the defendant was amongst the 401 inmates who fled Abolongo Correctional facility on October 22, 2021 during an attack by some bandits.

Penpushing also reports that Oyaleke further told the court that the Oyo State office of the Nigerian Correctional Service is working with relevant agencies to ensure the re-arrest of the fleeing defendant.

The defendant, it is recalled was arraigned sometime last year on five-count charge for internet fraud and he pleaded “not guilty” to the charges preferred against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC).

“That you, Otuyalo Oluwadamilola, between August, 2017 to September, 2017 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court took possession of the aggregate sum of N16, 638, 000.00 (Sixteen Million, Six Hundred and Thirty-eight Thousand Naira Only) paid into your account with Zenith Bank Plc-1005137906 under the disguise that the said sum was for a business transaction when you reasonably ought to have known that the said fund formed part of the proceeds of an unlawful activity, to wit: Internet Fraud, and hereby committed an offence contrary to Section 15 (2) (d) of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 as amended and punishable under Section 15 (3) of the same Act”, one of the count reads

Penpushing further reports that Justice Agomoh however, adjourned the matter till June 29, 2022, for mention

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