Ondo monarch gets two-year jail term for malfeasance, corruption
An Ore Chief Magistrate Court in Ondo State has sentenced the Akamuja of Igburowo in Odigbo Council, Oba Pius Akinfesola Adewola, to two years imprisonment over allegations of fraudulent conversion and obtaining by false pretext.
He was arraigned with charge number MOR/207/2014, with the state government as the complainant.
Consequently, he was arraigned on 36-count charge of stealing, fraud, illegal conversion of the monthly salaries of his domestic workers and chiefs, false declaration and impersonation.
While delivering judgment on the matter, the Presiding Magistrate, O.J. Adelegan, said: “From the antecedents so far garnered on the record, the convict appears to me, a conscienceless person who has no iota of regret, indulging in such an opprobrious and despicable act.
“However, since it is no gainsaying that our law is no respecter of any personality, I strongly deprecate the ungainly and unbecoming acquisitive conduct of the convict, particularly, his fraudulent instinct to corruptly enrich himself at the expense of others.
“Though I have listened attentively to the plea of allocutus by his counsel, but from the available record, I see him as a neophyte, I mean a first offender.
“Nevertheless, I am strongly of the humble mindset that if the convict is not appropriately sanctioned, the danger inherent therein is that people of like minds may either overtly be influenced or encouraged to see criminality as a veritable means of livelihood.
“To this end, the convict is hereby sentenced as follows: On counts 10-21 of the charge, which are on fraudulent conversion, the convict is hereby sentenced to two years imprisonment or to pay a fine of 500,000 on each of the counts.
“Lastly, on count 22 of the charge, which is on obtaining by false pretense, the convict is also hereby sentenced to two years imprisonment or to pay a fine of N500, 000, respectively.
“In all, both fines and sentences are ordered to run concurrently. The monetary exhibit in this case, which is N408, 000, is further hereby ordered to be returned to Igburowo community forthwith.”
People of the community protested and banished the monarch unceremoniously in 2012 over allegations of embezzlement, gross abuse of office and other vices.
Adewola was accused of short-changing traditional chiefs in the community by refusing to pay them their entitlement in full after he had collected same from the local government.
He was also accused of engaging in brawl with his chiefs, illegal conversion of the community resources to personal use, writing of fictitious petitions and institution of several court cases against his subjects.
The monarch, shortly after his suspension by the Ondo State Government from parading himself as the Akamuja of Igburowo, was arrested and detained at the state Police Command in Akure.
The state counsel, Mrs. Bola Joel Ogundadegbe, who represented the attorney general and commissioner for Justice, lauded the judgment.
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