A Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja, Lagos has dismissed a no-case submission brought forward to it by one Babatunde Keshinro.
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo, the presiding judge, ordered the former head of commercial banking with one of the first-generation banks in Nigeria to open his defence.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is indicting Keshinro on a nine-count charge bordering on forgery and embezzlement to the tune of N10,000,000.
“That you, Keshinro Babatunde, on or about 2016 in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, dishonestly converted to your own use the total sum of N10,000,000 (Ten Million Naira), property of Alhaji Ganiyu Kola Oseni, thereby committed an offence contrary to Sections 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, No. 11,2015.” one of the counts reads.
WikkiTimes learnt that during the trial, the prosecution brought five witnesses and presented several documentary evidence to prove the case against the defendant.
The defendant, upon the closure of the prosecution’s case, asked to file a no-case submission contending that the prosecution had not made a prima facie case against him.
When he was arraigned on February 25, 2020, he pleaded “not guilty” to the charges.
“The evidence of the prosecution links the defendant to the charges and there are certain facts that require an explanation from the defendant, and so call upon the defendant for his defence,” Justice Taiwo said while delivering the ruling.
The case was thereafter adjourned till September 29, 2022 “for defence”.