EFCC Brings Family Drama to Court: Father-in-law and Daughter-in-law Arraigned for Alleged Fraud

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The Lagos Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) brought a family affair to the Special Offences Court in Ikeja, Lagos, as Alaba Alakija and his daughter-in-law, Oyinkansola Alakija, faced charges of conspiracy and falsifying documents related to property ownership.

Allegedly, on August 6, 2015, the duo conspired to benefit financially from a property located at No.10, Keffi Street, South-west, Ikoyi, Lagos, using a false document titled “Vesting Deed by Dr. Omodele Alakija and Mr. Afolabi Alakija.”

Both defendants pleaded “not guilty” to the charges.

Prosecution counsel, M. S. Owede, requested a trial date and the remand of the defendants in a correctional facility.

Counsel to the first defendant, M.O. Akangbe, SAN, sought bail for his client, emphasizing the bail application filed earlier.

However, counsel to the second defendant, Victor Giwa, requested oral presentation of the bail application, stating the delayed notification and travel distance.

Giwa mentioned his client’s role as a lawyer and her nursing of a two-month-old baby, asserting that she wouldn’t evade bail. However, her husband contradicted, stating their baby was nine months old.

Justice Mojisola Dada granted bail to the first defendant at N10 million, with sureties required to submit their international passports.

The court retained the second defendant’s passport.

Both defendants were released to their lawyers pending bail conditions as the trial is set to commence on May 28, 2024.

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