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EFCC VS Elujoba: How OAU Angry Staffs, Students Forced Court to Review Prison Remand Order

 

By Adejumon Kabir

Justice David Oladimeji of the Osun state high sitting in Ede was left with no choice on Monday than to reversed the prison remand order of Professor Anthony Elujoba, a former acting VC of the Obafemi Awolowo university Ile-Ife, standing trial for alleged financial misappropriation.

The judge had been earlier ordered to be remanded at the Ilesha prison pending ruling on his bail application.

The Economic and financial crime commission had last Friday arraigned prof Elujoba and the bursar of the institution Ronke Akeredolua on a 7 count charge bordering on financial impropriety.

Meanwhile, the premises of the court in Ede where a former acting VC is standing trial for alleged financial misappropriation has been thrown into disarray.

Workers and students of the institution who were in court for solidarity betrayed emotions and went haywire after the presiding judge Justice David Oladimeji  ordered Prof. Elujoba to be remanded at the Ilesha prison, pending ruling on his bail application.

The visibly angry staff and students of OAU besieged the court premises pouncing on anyone perceived to be in tune with the EFCC action against the former VC.

For several hours protesters took over the court premises chanting anti-judicial and pro-Elujoba songs and vowed to resist the remand order, and also promised to storm the Ilesha Prison, where the defendants were ordered to be sent to.

To demonstrate the seriousness of the treat, they besieged all the vehicles belonging to the police, EFCC and all other security agencies in the court premises which made it practically impossible for any vehicular movement.

The visibly angry student and workers also demonstrated readiness to lay their lives for the former Acting VC as they resisted all efforts by the security agencies to disperse the crowd.

Justice Oladimeji,  to avert what may lead to genocide called for the review of the earlier ruling and ordered that he should be remanded in the EFCC custody pending the bail application on Friday.

Some of them who spoke with newsmen claimed Prof. Elujoba is not guilty of all the offences brought against and demand his release.

Counsel to the defendants Ibrahim Lawal had at the last sitting filed an application for bail, which was opposed by the EFCC counsel Festus Ojo, who argued that granting the prayer would not be in the interest of justice.

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