Chief Magistrate jailed for stealing N22million

Former deputy chief registrar of the Oyo State High Court, Mutiat Omobola Adio, who is also a chief magistrate in the state, has been caught by the same law she represents.

Adio was found guilty on a one-count charge of stealing in a case preferred against her by the Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), yesterday.

The convict was accused of stealing a sum of N22, 375,913 from Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, an offence that runs contrary to Section 390(11) of Criminal Code, Cap.38, Law of Oyo State.

It was the second time in less than two years the former top government official would earn jail terms for fraud-related offences. 

Earlier on May 18, 2018, she was sentenced to seven years imprisonment for obtaining under false pretext, a sum of N9.2million from one Abiodun Olonade, a Nigerian resident in Ireland.‎

The sentencing was without an option of a fine.

Adio in the latest criminal charge, 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 bank and converting the difference to personal use.

She was said to be the facilitator of the loan, totaling about N90m.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 the accused called two.

After listening to arguments from the parties, Justice Muniru Olagunju found her guilty of the offence and sentenced her to five years in prison without an option of fine.She was also ordered to pay back the sum of N20, 935,000 to the bank, which is the victim of her crime.

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