By Vivian Ibobo
A 42-year-old applicant, Abayomi Ogunbona, on Wednesday appeared at an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly collecting N150,000 on the pretext of supplying some cartons of spaghetti.
Ogunbona of Adebayo Street, Mowe Area of Ogun, had pleaded not guilty to a two-count charge of stealing and fraud.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Samuel Ishola, told the court that the accused committed the offences on March 10, at No. 2, Owookade St., Olowora in Lagos.
Ishola said that the accused, who claimed to be a supplier, collected N150,000 from the complainant, Farida Adegoke, with a promise to supply her some cartons of spaghetti.
“The accused collected the money, failed to deliver the goods as promised but converted the money to her personal use.”
The offences contravened Sections 287 and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 287 provides 14 years’ imprisonment for offenders, while Section 314 stipulates 15 years for obtaining credit by false pretences.
The magistrate, Mrs A. R. Onilogbo, in her ruling, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.
She said the sureties must be gainfully employed and show evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
The magistrate adjourned the case until April 9 for mention.