EFCC Docks Alakija Children Over Property Fraud

 

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned Alakija Alaba and Alakija Oyinkansola before a Lagos Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja over allegation of property fraud.

The EFCC arraigned the duo before Justice Mojisola Dada for allegedly using false documents.

Alaba and Oyinkansola were arraigned on amended two-count charge bordering on conspiracy and using false documents tittled, “Vesting Deed by Dr. Omodele Alakija and Mr. Afolabi Alakija” the executors of the estate of late Sir Ademola Alakija purporting same to be made by Dr. Omodele Alakija.

EFCC alleged that the two defendants (Alaba Alakija and Oyinkansola Alakija) on or about August 6, 2015 at Lagos State, with intent to financially benefit from the property located at No 10 Keffi Street South-west, Ikoyi Lagos conspired amongst themselves to use a false document tittled “Vesting Deed by Dr. Omodele Alakija and Mr. Afolabi Alakija” the executors of the estate of late Sir Ademola Alakija purporting same to be made by Dr. Omodele Alakija and Mr. Afolabi Alakija.

The anti-graft agency said that their offence contrary to the provision Section 409 and 364 of the Criminal Law of the Lagos State, 2011.

However, they pleaded not guilty to the charges when it was read to them.

Following their not guilty plea, the prosecution counsel, Spiff Owede, asked the court for a trial date and that the defendants be remand at a Correctional Facility pending determination of the charge.

But the first defendant counsel, Mr. N. O. Akangbe (SAN), informed the court that of the bail application of his client, which he had filed and served on the prosecution. He prayed the court to allow him to moved the application. He also urged the court to grant the bail in most liberal terms.

While second defendant counsel, Mr. Victor Giwa, prayed the court to allow his oral bail, as he noted that he was informed late about the matter and he was not from the jurisdiction.

He said that second defendant is a lawyer, has two months old baby she is breastfeeding , that she will not jump bail, but defendant husband who appear before the court said that their baby is just nine months old.

After listening to both parties, Justice Dada granted bail to the first defendant in the sum of N10 million with substantial sureties in like sum, he must submit his international passport to the court.

The second defendant, was released to her husband, but her International passport was to be submitted to the court pending the judgement is deliver in the matter.

Both defendants where released to their lawyer, pending their bail is perfected

The judge subsequently adjourned the matter to May, 28 2024 for trial.