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Medical Doctor Docked For N6m, $15,000 Fraud

A medical doctor, Olatunde Odusan, was on Tuesday arraigned before an Ikeja Special Offences Court for an alleged fraud of N6million and $15, 300.
Odusan, the first defendant and former staff of R-Jolad hospital in Gbagada, Lagos State, through his brother, Opeoluwa, cajoled one Tade Rogers, to invest in a medical laboratory he established in 2009.
During the sitting, the victim told the court that he met Opeoluwa, the third defendant, in the United States of America in 2008, when he encouraged him as a lab scientist to invest in his brother’s project, Anvantas Laboratory Nigeria Limited located in Ibadan, Nigeria.
Tade claimed he made two separate transfers of N3million each into the laboratory’s account for the purchase of equipment and reagents.
He said he was promised to be listed as one of the company’s directors, alongside Opeoluwa, Olatunde and his wife, Abimbola.
He further claimed that the laboratory opened branches in Ojodu, Lagos, and the US, where he detailed evidence of payments to finance the overseas branch of the lab.
According to him, he paid a sum of $6, 000 to the company’s Bank of America account on April 4, $5, 000 on October 1 and $800 on August 28, all in 2008.
Tade said he also paid $3, 500 to the same account on March 18, 2009.
However, he lamented that when he visited Nigeria in 2012, Tunde told him that his dividend document were still being prepared and that no document with the Corporate Affairs Commission revealed that he was a shareholder with the company.
He told the court that he later saw documents with the company’s Secretary recognizing only the other three as directors.
He narrated that he had to write to the company’s lawyer through his own then counsel, Napolean Emeasochukwu, asking for his dividends.
Tade said the company’s lawyer, Kike Alakija, accused him of making a false claim, saying that no shareholder had received dividends.
The victim stated that he had to petition the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over the matter, adding that he had invested his 20 years savings into the project.
His counsel, V.O Agboje, tendered relevant documents, including the petition to the EFCC, catalogues of email correspondences between Opeoluwa and her client and evidences of dollar payments to Anvantas Laboratory Incorporated, US.
But defence counsel, E.S Oguntuyi, objected to the admissibility of the documents.
Oguntuyi argued that Section 84 (1) (2) of the Evidence Act stated that attachments to an original document are irrelevant, especially if they are computer-generated.
He therefore, urged the court to reject the exhibits.
In a cross examination by the defence counsel, Tade disclosed that he never had any agreement with Olatunde, and never met him until 2012 in Ibadan.
Agboje, who referenced same section of the act, cited a case between the Federal Government and one Folorunsho in 2017 before an Appeal Court, saying the appellate court ruled that “attachment to a document is the same as the original and cannot be severed.”
Justice Mojisola Dada, in her ruling, said the documents are all related and have been served to the CAC, as well as the anti-graft agency. She admitted the exhibits and marked them as P1.
After plea by the prosecuting counsel to give more time, so as to call the first of ten witnesses in the case, Dada adjourned until March 25 and 29 for continuation of trial.

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