Ooni’s Chief, Iyalaje Oodua, in N16billion Mess

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…And Court orders lawyer to produce her over the alleged fraud

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The first Iyalaje Oodua, Princess Toyin Kolade, recently installed by Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife, is embroiled in a $32million (N16billion) alleged fraud.

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To resolve the mess, Justice Peter Odo Lifu of the Federal High Court, Ikoyi, Lagos, has ordered a lawyer, Mr. Kehinde Awowole to produce the business woman who was alleged to be involved in the alleged mess in court on December 3.

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Princess kolade alongside six others, were charged before the court by the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) in a charge marked FHC/L/407c/2019, for the alleged fraud.

Others charge alongside the business woman are four Indians – Prem Garg, Devashish Garg, Bhagwan Simgh Rawat and Mukul Tyagi and two Britons, Marcus Wade and Andrew Fairie, said to be at large.

Also, four companies: Metal Africa Steel Products Limited, Wilben Trade Limited, Fisolak Global Resources Limited and Kannu Aditya India Limited, were charged before the court on the alleged offences.

The lawyer had undertaken to produce the businesswoman in court, when the matter first came up before the judge.

At the hearing of the matter on November 4, the lawyer failed to produce the businesswoman, which made the presiding judge to order the lawyer to show cause for failing to produce the businesswoman.

At the resumed hearing of the matter, Princess Kolade’s lawyer, Awowole, who was led by Mr. Olalekan Ojo (SAN) pleaded with the court for forgiveness over his failure to produce his client as ordered by the court.

Awowole told the court that even he was not aware of the Court’s last sitting and that he became aware of the latest proceedings through social media, specifically Facebook and his WhatsApp group.

Awowole also pleaded with the court to forgive his client who he said was out of the Court’s jurisdiction. He promised to produce the defendant at the next sitting of the court.

But Dr. Pius Akutah, a Chief Counsel in the office of the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF), countered the lawyer’s plea, and told the court that hearing notice was duly served on the woman and same was filed with the court.

The presiding judge confirmed the prosecutor’s submissions and also read out how the lawyer undertook to produce Princess Kolade in court.

However, upon the counsel’s plea for mercy and forgiveness, Justice Lifu ordered Awowole to produce Iyalaje Oodua in court at the next adjourned date. He thereafter fixed December 3, 2021 for hearing of all applications filed by other defendants in the charge.

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