The Ilorin Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned the General Manager of Kwara State Television Authority, Alhaji Abdulfatai Adewale Adebowale on a six count charge bordering on official practices.
Adebowale was arraigned before Justice Sikiru Oyinloye of a Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin to answer charges of unlawful conversion of the ten plots of land allocated to workers of the media house by the State Government.
The Petitioners, believed to be his staffers, also alleged that the defendant used his influence to allocate a plot of Land to his daughter who is not working with the Television Station.
Count Three of the Charge reads: “That you, Abdulfatai Adewale Adebowale being a public officer, as the General Manager of Kwara State Television Authority, sometime between May, 2015 and June 2015, in Ilorin within the jurisdiction of the High Court of Kwara State, used your office to confer corrupt advantage upon yourself, when you received a cash deposit of the sum of =N=2,350,000 (Two Million, three hundred and fifty thousand naira only) through your Stanbic Ibtc Bank account number 0007306612 from Sulyman Abdulkareem being proceeds from the sale of land allocated to staff of Kwara State Television and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Act, 2000″.
The Kwara TV boss pleaded not guilty when the charges were read.
“My Lord, in the light of defendant’s plea of not guilty, the prosecution shall be praying this honourable to give us a trial day and order the accused person to be remanded in prison custody ”, the prosecuting counsel, Christopher Mshelia urged the court.
Defense Counsel, D.B. Hasana opposed the second prayer, and urged the court to grant the defendant remand in EFCC custody on health grounds.
Justice Oyinloye ordered that the defendant be remanded in Oke Kura correctional service and adjourned the matter till next Tuesday for hearing of his bail application.