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Former Deputy Chief Registrar Jailed Seven Years

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Former Deputy Chief Registrar Jailed Seven Years
The culprit, Mutiat Adio

Williams Babalola

A former Deputy Chief Registrar of the Oyo State High Court, Mutiat Adio, has been convicted for corruption by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan zonal office.

This is the second time in less than two years that the former top government official would earn jail term for fraud-related offences.

Justice Muniru Olagunju, who delivered the judgment on Friday found her guilty of a one-count charge of stealing in a case preferred against her by the anti-graft agency.

The convict who was also a Chief Magistrate in the state, was accused of stealing a sum of N22,375,913 from Guaranty Trust Bank Plc.

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Adio was said to have abused her office as the secretary of a Cooperative Society of the Oyo State Judicial Officers by inflating the total sum approved for loan facilities granted her members by the GTBank, and converting the difference to personal use.

She was said to be the facilitator of the N90 million loan.

She pleaded not guilty to the offence when she was first arraigned on April 25, 2017, necessitating the commencement of her trial.
The prosecution, led by Dr. Ben Ubi, called five witnesses, while she called two in her defence.

After listening to arguments from the parties, Justice Olagunju declared her guilty of the offence and sentenced her to seven years in prison without an option of fine.

The judge ordered her to pay back the sum of N20,935,000 to GTBank, the victim of her crime.

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