An Ekiti State High Court in Ado Ekiti has acquitted and discharged one Babalola Adegoke Oluwaseun (36) for alleged offence of obtaining money by false pretence.

The charge reads; that Babalola Adegoke on 4th & 16th February, 2021 at Iye Ekiti in Ilejemeje Local Government Area of Ekiti State did obtain and steal the sum of N3.150m from one Isah Mary contrary to Section 419(2) and 390(9) of the Criminal Code Law, Cap. C7, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012.

In her statement, the victim admitted that Adegoke was her husband, she said in 2015, she processed and collected her late father’s entitlement that retired as a senior Police Officer and died same year. She said a sum of over five Million naira was paid to her account as his next of kin out of which her husband under false pretense obtained a sum of N3.150m and converted same to his personal use.

To proof his case, the prosecutor, Barrister Kolapo Kolade called two witnesses while exhibits tendered include, nominal complainant’s statements of account, minute’s sheets from the Police, cash sales invoice, among others.

The defendants in his testimony before court denied obtaining or stealing any money as alleged by the complainant adding that, he has been taking care of the defendant and their two children even before and after the death of her father, he called three witnesses during his defense.

Delivering his judgment, Justice Lekan Ogunmoye said, ‘’ I am unable to hold that the prosecution has proved the charge of obtaining money under false pretense from the claimant.

In all, the sole issue for determination is resolved against the prosecution. I hold that the prosecution had not proved its case against the defendant beyond reasonable doubt. He is discharged and acquitted on both counts. He concluded.

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