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Former NBA president sued for fraud at N20m

Two previous Chairmen of the Ikeja part of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Adesina Ogunlana and Yinka Farounbi, and a former Treasurer of the branch, Mrs. Aderinola Kappo were on Wednesday summoned for supposedly cheating the relationship of N20 million.

Farounbi filled in as NBA Ikeja Branch Chairman somewhere in the range of 2014 and 2016 with Kappo filling in as Treasurer amid Farounbi’s residency, while Ogunlana filled in as NBA Ikeja Branch Chairman from 2016 to 2018.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the trio is together accused of a scheme to take. Ogunlana is accused of 15-tallies of taking and one-check of tax evasion, while Farounbi and Kappo are together accused of 13 checks of taking.

They, in any case, argued not blameworthy to the 30-check charge before an Ikeja Special Offenses Court.

The previous NBA Ikeja branch administrators are charged by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of scheming and taking N20 million having a place with the group of legal advisors.

As indicated by the Mr. S. O. Daji, the EFCC Prosecutor, Farounbi and Kappo supposedly dedicated the offenses from June 15, 2016, to April 9, 2018, in Lagos.

While Ogunlana is claimed by the counter unite commission to have submitted the offenses from July 18, 2016, to April 10, 2018.

“Farounbi and Kappo on 13 events without authorization and to encourage the taking of N20 million subsidizes having a place with the Ikeja Branch of the NBA issued checks to Ogunlana.

“The registers were paid with Ogunlana’s financial balance No. 2004528818 with First Bank Plc amid his residency as Chairman of NBA Ikeja branch. “He untrustworthily changed over the assets to his utilization,” Daji said.

Revealing insight into the illegal tax avoidance charge, the investigator stated: “At some point in 2017, Ogunlana changed over to his utilization, N1 million out of N2.8 million purportedly paid to Brand in Demand Ltd for the NBA Ikeja Branch.

“To camouflage, the lawful root of the cash, educated Adegoke Dairo of Brand in Demand Ltd to issue him a receipt/receipt No. 82871 as implied installment for the NBA Ikeja Branch,” he said.

The offenses repudiated Sections 278, 285(1), 330, and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos 2011. Following their request, Daji approached the court for a preliminary date and for the previous NBA Ikeja administrators to be remanded in jail guardianship.

“I will jump at the chance to demand a quickened hearing, we have 14 observes who are eager and prepared to affirm in this issue,” he said.

Mr. Akinola Olatunji, direction to the litigants, stated: “We are on edge to see the assurance of this issue. “We have documented an application for safeguard dated May 17, and we have served our educated companions.”

The EFCC investigator, be that as it may, told the court that the counter join commission was just served the safeguard uses of the respondents in court before the arraignment. He noticed that he would “energetically” restrict their safeguard application.

“The lives of our observers are in peril, the lead specialist in this issue is being compromised by the operators of the main litigant (Ogunlana).

“Indeed, even my scholarly associates are compromising me, yet I’m not apprehensive. I’m doing what their charges were paid to do,” Daji said.

Equity Mojisola Dada in allowing the respondents safeguard noticed that they were ex-officio individuals from the NBA Ikeja branch.

“The first and third litigants (Ogunlana and Kappo) have been coming to court since Monday. This is confirmation of their readiness to confront their preliminary.

“The respondents will discharge their global visas to the care of this court pending the meeting and assurance of this suit. “This case is dismissed till Monday, June 3, 2019, for preliminary,” the judge said.