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Offa Poly lecturer remanded in Ilorin prison for alleged employment scam

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ilorin’s zonal office on Tuesday, accused Mustapha Ilyas Abdulwasiu, a professor at the Federal Polytechnic, Offa, Kwara state, for an alleged job scam and obtaining money with false claims.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that Abdulwasiu was brought before Judge Sikiru Oyinloye of a higher court of the state of Kwara sitting in Ilorin.

It was deduced that the defendant, who teaches in the Accounting Department of the polytechnic, allegedly defrauded many job seekers, with the pretext of helping them find employment in the institution. EFCC spokesman Wilson Uwujaren said this in a statement in Abuja.

The count of one of the charges says: “That you Mustapha Ilyas Abdulwasiu between June and July 2018 in Offa, within the jurisdiction of this honorable tribunal with the intention of defrauding, obtained the sum of N600,000.00 (six hundred thousand naira) of an Amubiaya Raphael Oluwafemi with the false claim that you were in charge of employment in the Federal Polytechnic, Offa and obtained the money for the purpose of securing employment for the aforementioned Amubiaya Raphael Oluwafemi and his wife, Amubiaya Remi Janet, whose representation you knew that it was false and therefore you committed a crime contrary to Section 1 (3) of the Anticipated Law on Tariff Fraud and Other Fraud-Related Offenses, No. 14, 2006 ”

Count nine of the indictment says: “That you, Mustapha Ilyas Abdulwasiu, between December 2018 and February 2019 in Offa, within the jurisdiction of this honorable tribunal with the intention of defrauding, obtained the sum of N550,000.00 (five hundred fifty thousand naira) of one Mustapha Kabir with the false pretense that you were in charge of employment in the Federal Polytechnic, Offa and obtained the money in order to secure employment for said Mustapha Kabir and his wife, Jimoh Ganiyatu, whose representation you knew that a crime contrary to Section 1 (3) of the Anticipated Law on Tariff Fraud and Other Fraud Related Violations, No. 14, 2006 ”

But, according to reports, the suspect pleaded not guilty when the charges were read.

On this basis, the prosecutor’s attorney, A.A Adebayo, urged the court to set a date for the trial to allow the prosecution to prove his case, and order the defendant’s preventive detention in the custody of the Correctional Service of Nigeria.

However, the defense attorney, M. O Balogun filed an oral request for the defendant’s bond. However, Judge Oyinloye asked the defense to submit a written request and postponed the hearing until November 7, 2019.

The presiding judge also ordered the defendant’s return at the Mandala correctional center, pending the hearing and determining his bail request.