Mutiat Adio, a former chief magistrate in Oyo State, has been jailed for five years for stealing.
Justice Muniru Olagunju, the presiding judge, found her guilty of a one-count charge of stealing the sum of N22,375,913 preferred against her by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The convict, who is also a former Deputy Chief Registrar of the Oyo State high court, is said to have stolen the money from a commercial bank, which is contrary to section 390(11) of Criminal Code, Cap.38, Law of Oyo State.
Adio was accused of abusing her office as the secretary of a Cooperative Society of the Oyo State Judicial Officers by inflating the amount approved for loan facilities granted her members by the bank.
The convict was said to be the facilitator of the loan totalling about N90 million. According to the prosecution, she was accused of converting the difference to personal use.
Adio pleaded not guilty to the offence but after listening to both the prosecution and defence teams, Justice Olagunju declared her guilty of the offence and sentenced her to five years in prison without an option of fine.
She was also ordered to refund the sum of N20, 935, 000 to the bank.
This is the second time in less than two years that the former judicial officer got jail terms for fraud-related offences.
Earlier, on May 18, 2018, she was sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment without an option of fine for obtaining under false pretences a sum of N9.2m from one Abiodun Olonade, a Nigerian resident in Ireland.