The Anglican Bishop of Owo, Ondo state, Rt Revd James Oladunjoye has been enmeshed in an oil fraud suit ongoing at Iwaro-Akoko Magistrate Court.
The referential cleric was arrested and arraigned before the court for failing to produce a suspect named Adejumo Adewunmi Sunday who he stood for as surety.
Adejumo was arrested and arraigned last year before the court for defrauding one Joseph Abayomi of Jostinade Company Limited- an oil and gas company, a total sum of N5.2m in a sham oil deal.
Last year, Abayomi petitioned the anti graft agency, EFCC, accusing Adejumo of Obtaining goods valued at N5.2m under false pretences.
Benconews learnt that on the 5th of March, 2013, Adejumo’s company, Amsad Global Resources placed an order for the supply of 33,000 liters of automotive gas oil from Jostinade and a GTBank cheque was issued to back the demand and the product was released to Adejumo. But on presenting the cheque at the bank, the supplier was made to realize that the account never holds and that the cheque was forged. Realizing this, Adejumo was said to have reported the case at a local police station before the case was finally transferred to the State Police Headquarters in Owo for proper investigation.
Further investigation revealed that on 22nd of April, 2013, without the consent of the complainant, police moved the case to Oka-Akoko Magistrate Court for the arraignment of the prime suspect and two others connected with the scam. The accused persons were, however, released on bail to revered clergyman, Bishop Oladunjoye, and Owo Local Government Chairman who stood in as sureties for the suspects.
However, after a shambolic display of court malpractices, the case was later transferred to Oka –Akoko Magistrate Court with all documents related to the case missing, but with the unrelenting effort of the complainant and the help of some court clerks some of the documents were later retrieved.
Several witnesses testified that for several months, both the suspects and their sureties did not appear before the court until they were arrested by the Special Fraud Unit and presented to the court, in a move facilitated by the complainant.
Findings revealed that apart from the N5.2m fake oil deal mentioned before the court, the suspects in total defrauded the complainant a total whopping sum of N26m.
According to a source close to the complainant, the remaining oil deal were only done verbally and supplied accordingly but since there are no documents to support the remaining supply the suspect has continued to deny it before the court.
Investigation revealed that ‘Amsad’ the suspect is a chronic criminal with connection with some top high ranking personalities across the country such as the bishop and the local government chairman. And sources said both the sureties and the suspects are working concertedly underground to ensure that the case is swept under the carpet.
However, the case been adjourned till March 4, 2014 for further hearing.