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N6.4m fraud lands couple in court

By Kayode Afolabi, Ore

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A 45-year-old trader, Olubayo Temitope and his wife, Suliya Temitope, 25, have appeared before an Ore Chief Magistrates’ Court over an alleged fraud.

The couple were brought before Chief Magistrate B. A Ikusika, on two counts charge of fraud and obtaining money under false pretence.

According to the prosecution, the defendants committed the offences between January and August 2023, at Kajola in Araromi-Obu, Ondo State.

The prosecutor, Inspector Muyideen Yekini, told the court that the defendants conspired to commit a felony to obtain money under false pretence.

Yekini also alleged that the couple fraudulently obtained the sum of N6,470,000 (Six Million Four Hundred and Seventy Thousand Naira only) from one Kazeem Mojirade Sarufat and Kazeem Morufat, with the pretense of supplying them kegs of palm oil which they failed to do, but converted the money to their use.

The offences contravene Sections 516, 419 of the Criminal Code Cap. 37 Volume 1 Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.

When the charges were read to the defendants, they pleaded not guilty to the offences leveled against them.

Yekini sought an adjournment to enable him study the case file and prepare his witnesses for trial. Hence he prayed the court to transfer the case file to Araromi-Obu Magistrate Court.

The defence counsel, Mr. O. J Ikudaisi, who did not oppose the application made by the prosecutor, prayed the court to grant his clients bail in most liberal terms.

But the prosecutor, however opposed the bail application earlier made by the defense counsel, saying they would abused the privilege, if granted.

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 In his ruling, Chief Magistrate, B. A Ikusika, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N1 million each with two sureties in like sum.

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