The Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja has fixed September 22, 2022 for the arraignment of Esan Kehinde Olayinka and Osakwe Stephen over allegations of six million naira theft.
Justice Hakeem Oshodi who presided over the matter gave the date following the withdrawal of the sister case at the Magistrate Court by the Special Fraud Unit, SFU, of the Nigeria Police.
SFU had arraigned the defendants before the court on a two count charge which borders on stealing of the said sum.
According to the charge information, the defendants while serving as a sales representatives of a Seagreen Pharmaceutical Ltd, between 2012 and 2014 , in Lagos, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, while being employed as a sales representative by Seagreen Pharmaceutical Ltd, Anthony Village, Lagos, sold pharmaceutical products entrusted to them and dishonestly converted proceeds of the sales to personal use.
Upon their arraignment, the defendants notified court that similar case is still pending before a Magistrate Court, urging court to discontinue the case as it amount to an abuse of court process.
The development forestall the trial.
At today’s proceeding, the SFU Counsel, Emmanuel Jackson informed the court that the case at the Magistrate court had been withdrawn.
He urged court to allow the prosecutor reopen it’s case and arraigned the defendants.
The judge granted the prayer and advised the prosecutor to serve the defendants again to appear for trial.