A former Secretary to the Nigeria Law Reform Commission, Mrs. Folake Abiodun Oguneye, has been arraigned before Hon. Justice M.B. Idris of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court 29 sitting in Nyanya for fraud by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC).
Mrs. Oguneye is facing prosecution for allegedly defrauding the Federal Government of the sum of N26,637,116.00.
The defendant was also accused of receiving the sum of N96,293.05k monthly amounting to N1,155,516.6k for one year as furniture allowance from the Law Reform Commission whereas she had actually collected the bulk sum of N5,777,600.00 for the five-year period of her tenure.
Mrs. Oguneye, was further charged for accepting the sums of N15,004,000.00 from one Huthman Ademola Oluwatoyin, the Proprietor of Mutoy Adekunle Enterprises, being part of the sum of N15,516,225.00 for the unification of Sale of Goods law in Nigeria and N600,000.00 as gratification from a contract she had awarded respectively.
Her action is contrary to and punishable under sections 10 (a) (ii) and 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000. If she is found guilty, she shall on conviction be liable to imprisonment for five years without any option of fine.
Oguneye pleaded not guilty to all the charges leveled against her and her counsel, A.O. Ayodele, via a written application sought the reliefs of the court to grant her bail which was not opposed by the prosecution.