KUDIRAT MOTONMORI OLATOKUNBO KEKERE-EKUN, J.C.A. (Delivering the Leading Judgment): The appellant herein, Chief Lere Adebayo and two others were public servants in the service of the Osun State Government. Between 1999 and 2003 the appellant was the Commissioner for Finance in the State. Architect Lanre Oladeji was a consultant while Engineer Sola Akinwunmi was the Secretary to the State Government. They were saddled with the responsibility of supervising and managing the Osun State New Governor's Office (Bola Ige House) Project. Funds towards the execution of the project were released to the consultant. The appellant and Engineer Akinwunmi were alleged to have colluded with Architect Lanre Oladeji to steal the sum of N126, 467,725.85, property of Osun State Government meant for the project, among other offences.
An 8-count information was consequently filed against them on 13/2/04 before the High Court of Osun State sitting at Osogbo. The charges are as follows:
1. ARC. LANR…