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Man docked for duping 186 LG staff N45m

Fisayo Akinduro, Osogbo

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The police in Osogbo have arraigned a 40-year-old man, Taofeeq Adepoju, before an Osogbo Magistrate’s court, for allegedly defrauding 186 staff of Irepodun Local Government Area to the tune of N45,293,916.
The prosecution said Adepoju, stood as a middle-man to secure loan for the 186 council staff from a first generation bank in the town between the year 2012 and July 2015.
According to the police prosecutor, ASP Abiodun Fagbayibo the accused person successfully processed and obtained the loan running to over N45,293,916 on behalf of the staff, but never released the money to them.
He was said to have committed the offence with an intent to defraud the victims, contrary to sections 422, section 419 and 516 of the Criminal Code Cap 34 Volume 2, Laws of State of Osun, Nigeria, 2002.
The accused person who is facing a four count charge, pleaded not guilty to the allegations.
Defence counsel, S.P Ogundari, prayed the court to grant his client bail in most liberal terms.
In her ruling Magistrate Modupe Awodele, granted the accused person N10 million bail.
The magistrate said the accused person must provide two sureties, who are civil servants not below level 15.
In a similar development, a 29-year-old businessman, Kazeem Adewole has been dragged before a Chief Magistrate’s Court in Ondo town, for allegedly obtaining the sum of N284,000 from a trader, under false pretence of supplying him some goods.
The police brought Adewole before the court for collecting the money from one Mr. Joseph Amujo, with a promise to supply him the goods, but did not fulfil his promise.
The defendant with others at large were said to have committed the offence on September 14, 2019 at about 4pm, contrary to and punishable under sections 516 and 419 of the Criminal Code, Cap 37, Volume 1, Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.
Adewole is now facing a two- count charge bothering on conspiracy, fraud and false pretense. But he pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against him.
The police prosecutor, Mrs Iyabo Omolara, who told the court that she would call three witnesses to testify in the case, applied for a date to enable her study the case file.
Lawyer for the defendant, Barrister Isreal Ikuemonisan,I our on is an applied for the bail of the accused in most liberal terms.
The Magistrate, Mrs Toyin Olowookere, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum, and adjourned the case till January 29, 2021 for trial.
She adjourned the case till February 9, 2021.

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