Two men, Adeniji Anuoluwapo, 28, and Popoola Nofiu, 30, on Thursday appeared before an Ota Magistrates’Court in Ogun over alleged fraud involving the sum of N340,000.
Anuoluwapo and Nofiu were said to have collected the money from customers of the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), after promising to supply prepaid meter to them.
The Prosecutor, Insp. E. O. Adaraloye, told the court that the accused were facing a three-count charge of obtaining money under false pretense, fraud and conspiracy.
Adaraloye told the court that the accused and others, now at large, committed the offences between Dec. 2017 and June 2020, at Elejibo, Oko Lisa, Ota.
“They collected monies totaling about N430,000 from the unsuspecting customers, and they never supplied the prepaid meter,” he said.
The prosecutor listed Adeniyi Festus, Kehinde Mogali and Korede Tolu as some of the customers who the accused collected money from.
He said that the offences contravened Sections 490(6) 419, and 516 of the Criminal Code Laws of Ogun, 2006.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Magistrate, Mrs A. O. Adeyemi, admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N50,000 each, with a surety in like sum.
Adeyemi said that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction, submit four passport photographs and show evidence of two years tax payment to Ogun State government.
She adjourned the case to Sept. 29 for trial.
Edited By: Azubuike Okeh and Ephraims Sheyin