By Ismaila Akanji, IbadanÂ
Oyo State Government has arraigned two suspects before Magistrate courts in Ibadan for allegedly receiving multiple salaries.Â
The suspects, Oluwaseun Adegoke and Ojo David Olarenwaju, who were arraigned separately in different courts, pleaded not guilty to all the charges levelled against them.Â
It would be recalled ecently, Oyo State Government announced the suspension of over sixteen thousand civil servants for different illegal cases.Â
Some of these cases included multiple salaries, age falsification, defect biometric verification numbers, BVN, among others.
After further clarification, the State Government decided to sue those suspected employees.Â
At the Magistrate courts, the two suspects were arraigned on different count charge at court two and three.Â
Oluwaseun Adegoke, who appeared before Chief Magistrate A F Richards of Court two is facing eight count charge while the othe suspect Ojo David Olarenwaju facing seven count charge was arraigned before Chief Magistrate A Adebisi of court three.Â
The suspects were accused of illegally receiving millions of naira as salaries between the period of February 2014 and December 2015 using different names with different account numbers.Â
Oluwaseun Adegoke was accused of using six different names to receive monthly allowances of corps members and another name of a dead civil servant to receive salary.Â
Also, Ojo David Olanrewaju was alleged to have used the name of a non existing officer to receive salary from the state civil service.Â
Counsel to the suspects, Mr Akeem Agbaje applied for bail which was not opposed by the prosecuting counsel, Mr Adetunji Gbadegesin.Â
While Oluwaseun Adegoke was granted bail in the sum of N2 million with two sureties in like sum, one of which must be a civil servant on grade level 14, Ojo David Olarenwaju was granted bail in the sum of N10 million with three sureties in like sum one of which must a civil servant on grade level 15, another a residents of Ibadan with landed property worth N10 million and the third a relative of the suspects who is gainfully employed.Â
In an interview Defence counsel, Agbaje frowned at what he described as strict bail conditions and tactics to retain the suspects in prison.Â
But the Prosecuting counsel, Mr Adetunji Gbadegesin who said he did not object to bail conditions but want it to be stringent so that they will not jump bail, expressed optimism that justice would prevail at the end of the end of the case.Â
The cases have been adjourned till July 22nd and 25th this year.