Ex-NBA chairman, Adesina Ogunlana collapses in court during arraignment over N20m alleged fraud

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Adesina Ogunlana, a former NBA chairman on Wednesday collapsed in the dock during arraignment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Lagos.

There was drama at an Ikeja Special Offences Court after a former chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ikeja Branch, Adesina Ogunlana collapsed  during arraignment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Ogunlana collapsed, when the EFCC prosecution, Samuel Daji, asked the trial judge, Justice Mojisola Dada, to remand him in prison custody after he pleaded not guilty to a 30-count charge alongside other defendants.

His colleagues rushed to help and offered him a seat, while the prosecution counsel and the defence counsel argued his bail condition.

The EFCC had arraigned Ogunlana, for alleged stealing and money laundering alongside his predecessor, Yinka Farounbi and immediate past treasurer of the association, Aderinola Kappo.

The trio is jointly charged with conspiracy to steal. Ogunlana is charged with 15-counts of stealing and one-count of money laundering, while Farounbi and Kappo are jointly charged with 13 counts of stealing.

They, however, pleaded not guilty to the 30-count charge before an Ikeja Special Offences Court.

The former NBA Ikeja branch executives are accused by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of conniving and stealing N20 million belonging to the body of lawyers.

The case was adjourned till Monday, June 3, 2019 for trial,” the judge said.

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