The police in Osun, on Wednesday, arraigned a 32-year-old man, Sola Babatunde, before an Ile-Ife Magistrates’ Court over alleged N115,000 fraud.
The Prosecutor, ASP Abdullahi Emmanuel, told the court that the defendant committed the offences sometimes in January at Arubidi area of Ile-Ife.
Emmanuel said that Babatunde stole the sum of N115,000, property of one Alfred Gabriel, by converting same to his own use.
“The defendant fraudulently collected the sum of N115,000 from one Alfred Gabriel, under the pretext of selling a motorcycle to him, which he did not,” he said.
According to him, the offences contravene Sections 390(9) and 419 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2002.
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The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge of fraud and stealing.
The Magistrate, Mrs A. I. Sarumi, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100,000, with two sureties in like sum.
Sarumi said that the sureties must swear to affidavits of means.
He also said the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction, while their addresses must be verified by the prosecutor.
The magistrate said that one of the sureties must be a landed property owner and must submit the original documents of the property.
She also ordered the sureties to provide evidence of two years tax clearance certificate and three recent passport photographs each.
The case was, thereafter, adjourned till Feb 20 for hearing. (NAN)