Bricklayer docked over fraud

By Sade Adewale, Ondo
A 52-year-old bricklayer, Joseph Ademola, has been dragged before the Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ondo town, for fraudulently obtaining the sum of N200,000 from one Festus Olubudo.

The police said Joseph fraudulently collected the money from the complainant, with a promise to help him construct a building foundation, but he reneged on his promise.

The accused is now facing a two- count charge bothering on fraudulent money obtained  and stealing.

The accused person was said to have committed the offence in June, 2018, and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 383 and punishable under section 419 and 390(9) of the Criminal Code, Cap 37, Volume 1, Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria 2006.

The accused person pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him.

The police prosecutor, Sgt. Gbenga Akinsulire,  said Ademola fraudulently obtained the sum of N200,000 from one Festus  Olubudo,  with a promise to use it to construct a building foundation which he failed to do.

Akinsulire added that the accused stole the sum of N200,000, being property of one Festus Olubudo, meant to construct the  foundation

He told the court that the offences contravened  sections 383 and punishable under section 390(9) and 419 of the Criminal Code Cap 37 Volume 1 Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria 2006″.

Akinsulire, who told the court that he would be calling two witnesses to testify in the case, applied for a date to enable him study the case file.

Lawyer for the accused person, Mr. O A Akinkoye, applied for the bail of the accused in most liberal terms.

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The Magistrate, Mrs Odenusi Fadeyi, granted the accused person bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.

She said the sureties must be residents within the jurisdiction, which should be verified by the court’s orderly and reported back to court, adding that they must show evidence of payment of tax for the current year.

She adjourned the case till March 15, 2019 for trial.

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