EFCC: $330,000 Fraud, Court of Appeal upheld High Court of Lagos State Conviction of Oluronke Rosolu

339-x-173-youthrevolutionaryparty-wordpress-comThe Court of Appeal does not have original criminal jurisdiction. Has appellate jurisdiction to hear appeals from decisions of the Federal High Court, High Court of a State, Court Martil or other tribunals. Therefore, appeals can be of right or with leave depending on the stage of the proceeding. For an applicant to appeal as a person having an interest in a matter, he or she must show not only that he is a person interested but that the order made by the lower court prejudicially affects his interest.

The Court of Appeal, Lagos Judicial Division, holden in Lagos State has struck out, dismissed an application filed by the counsel to the Ex- Lagos State Court registrar, Mrs. Oluronke Rosulu. She was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment by an Ikeja High Court for defrauding a former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ishaya Bamaiyi ( Rtd.) of $330,000.

The ex-Lagos State Court Registrar, Oluronke Rosolu had been lawfully convicted by Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo of the High Court of Lagos State, Ikeja Judicial Division, holden in Lagos State on the two count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretences instituted against her by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on December 21, 2015.

The ex-Lagos State Court Registrar, Oluroke Rosulu had aided Fred Ajudua, a lawyer and Lagos based socialite, to defraud a former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ishaya Bamaiyi ( Rtd.) of $330,000. when they were both remanded at the Kirikiri Maximum Prison, Lagos for different offences.

Counsel to the ex-Lagos State Court Registrar, challenged the judgment of the lower court that is the High Court of Lagos State and filed a notice of appeal on December 30, 2015, challenging her conviction.

At the Court of Appeal, the court review all the notice of appeal and all motions before the hon. court. In a unanimous judgment, the Court of Appeal, Lagos Judicial Division dismissed the ex-Lagos State Court Registrar, Oluronke Rosolu’s counsel notice of appeal for lack of merit and affirmed the decision of the lower court, the High Court of Lagos State.

Prosecution counsel had told Justice Lawal-Akapo at the High Court of Lagos State, Ikeja Judicial Division that Fred Ajudua made a false misrepresentation and impersonation to the former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ishaya Bamaiyi ( Rtd.) that the $330,000 was the legal professional fees for the law firm of one Afe Babalola and Co. a reputable law firm in Nigeria to facilitate the former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ishaya Bamaiyi ( Rtd.)’s release from prison and in the cause of trial, the law firm of Afe Babalola and Co denied.

In the cause of trial, Oluronke Rosulu had denied going to the Kirikiri Maximum Prisons or knowing Fred Ajudua.

The prosecution’s counsel presented a number of witnesses who testified that the ex-Lagos State Court Registrar, Oluronke Rosulu went to the Kirikiri Maximum Prison on different occasions to collect the money from the former Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Ishaya Bamaiyi ( Rtd.) who was in prison on behalf of Fred Ajudua who misrepresented and impersonate the Law firm of Afe Babalola and Co.

The Hon. Justice Lawal-Akapo of the High Court of Lagos State had said:  “The representation that she never collected $330,000 from the complainant is deceptive; the accused could not provide a strong alibi for her whereabouts when the fraud occurred.

“I find the accused guilty as charged.  As a Registrar of Court, the accused should have been an image maker of the judiciary, but she acted in the contrary.

‘‘On count one, I sentence the accused to ten (10) years imprisonment and on count two, I sentence the accused to 10 years imprisonment.

The judgment of the High Court was appealed by the Ex-Lagos State Court Registrar, Oluronke Rosulu through her lawyer and at the Court of Appeal, the judgment of the High Court was affirmed.

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