A 38-year-old woman, Bukola Otuka, was on Friday brought before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State for allegedly defrauding her employer of N19.4million .
Otuka, who resides in Ebute-Meta area of Lagos State , is facing a five-count charge bordering on conspiracy, stealing and obtaining by false pretences.
She, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The prosecutor, ASP Roman Unuigbe, told the court that the defendant committed the offences in May at Capital boost Ltd., No. 62, Enitan St., Aguda, Lagos.
Unuigbe said that the dafendant failed to remit the sum of N19.4million she collected from customers to the finance company.
Unuigbe said that the defendant had also collected money from the company’s customers as loan repayments, but did not remit them into the company’s account.
“The defendant has stolen a total sum of N19.4million from both the company and its customers, ” the prosecutor said.
He said that the offences contravened Sections 287 (7), 314 (1) and 411 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Section 287 (7) stipulates seven years’ imprisonment for stealing from one’s employer, while 314 (1) provides 15 years imprisonment for fraud.
The chief magistrate, Mr P.A. Ojo, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Ojo ordered that one of the sureties must be a blood relation of the defendant , who must be residing within the court’s jurisdiction.
He added that both sureties should be gainfully employed with evidence of three years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
Ojo adjourned the case until Jan. 24, 2020, for mention.
Edited by: Edith Bolokor/Peter Dada
Ekiti Police slam N5m on wanted man over alleged robberies, kidnappings
The Ekiti State Police command has placed a N5 million prize tag on a man,Samuel Oguntoyinbo, it declared wanted for allegedly involving in a series of bank robberies and kidnappings in the state and environs in recent times.
The command, in a statement signed by its spokesperson, ASP Sunday Abutu, on Saturday, said the amount would be a reward for whoever apprehends the suspect.
According to the statement, Ogunyoyinbo, who is now a fugitive, had allegedly perpetrated a series of heinous crimes in Ekiti.
The suspect was said to have masterminded different bank robberies and kidnapping incidents in Ekiti and Ondo States.
It added that the suspect is an indigene of Iyin Ekiti, in Irepodun/Ifelodun local government area of Ekiti State.
“The suspect’s real name is Samuel Oguntoyinbo, but is popularly known as `Eleven’ or `Badoo’.
“Any person with useful information concerning his whereabouts should please contact the nearest Police Station or the Special Anti-Robbery Squad Department on 07031620186 or the PPRO on 09064050086.
“Such a person shall be rewarded with a huge sum of N5 million,” the statement said.
It was gathered that police were resolute on bringing the alleged culprit to book because lives were lost and large monies carted away in robbery incidents traced to him.
Edited By: Idonije Obakhedo
Police investigate alleged murder of 18-month-old baby in Plateau
The Police in Plateau have commenced investigation into a case of alleged murder of an 18-month-old baby in the state by unknown persons.
The Public Relations Officer of the Police Command in the state, ASP Gabriel Ubah, said the command had received a petition addressed to the Police Commissioner on the alleged murder, based on which he said, the investigation was being conducted.
Ubah said the police would leave no stone unturned in unraveling the perpetrators of the heinous act and bringing them to Justice.
The baby (name withheld), was allegedly murdered by unknown persons who ripped her tummy open and left her laying down in the Rock Haven residence of her parents in Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau in the evening of Sept. 15.
The maternal grandfather of the baby, Chief Jerry Egede, petitioned the Plateau Commissioner of Police, urging him to unravel the circumstances that led to the alleged murder.
In the petition dated Sept. 17 and made available to News Agency of Nigeria on Friday, Egede said that he was suspecting a foul play in the matter.
Edited By: Abdullahi Yusuf
Businessman in court over alleged N1m job scam
A 32-year-old businessman, Usman Rilwan,who allegedly defrauded a job seeker of N1 million, on Friday appeared in a Life Camp Magistrates’ Court.
The police charged Rilwan, who lives in City Centre Plaza Gimbiya, street Area 11, Garki, with criminal breach of trust and cheating.
He alleged that early in the year, the defendant told the complainant that he can get a job for him at the Department of Petroleum Resource (DPR) if he can pay N4 million.
Ejike alleged that both parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), stating that the payment would be done in two installments of N2million through bank transfers.
He alleged that the MoU also states that the defendant would refund the money to the complainant if he breaches the agreement.
The prosecutor alleged that on March 24, the complainant transferred N2 million as the first installment from his First Bank account 2027809509 to Access Bank account 0107549258 belonging to the defendant.
Ejike told the court that in May, the defendant told the complainant that the appointment letter would be ready on June 20, buy he failed to delver.
He said that the defendant refunded N1million and all efforts to recover the balance of N1million, failed,
The prosecutor said the offence contravened the provisions of section 312 and 322 of the Penal Code.
The defendant, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Magistrate Chinyere Nwecheonwu admitted the defendant to bail and ordered that he provides two sureties.
Nwecheonwu ordered the sureties must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court; they should deposit their recent passport photograph and a valid means of identification to the court.
The magistrate adjourned the matter until Nov.18, for hearing.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
2 men in court for allegedly robbing 7 of valuables
Two men, Dele Olabiyi and Saheed Adebowale, who allegedly robbed seven people of their phones and laptops valued at about N1.4 million appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Friday.
Olabiyi, 27 and Adebowale, 27, who both reside at Abule-Egba area of Lagos, are facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.
They, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Prosecutor, ASP Ezekiel Ayorinde, told the court that the defendants committed the offences with some others, still at large, on April 11 at Meiran area of Lagos.
Ayorinde said that the defendants robbed seven persons of their property valued at N1.383 million.
“They robbed Mr Joe Odetunde of a laptop and three phones valued at N195,000 and George Opara of a laptop and two phones worth N150,000.
“They also stole four phones worth N220,000 from Mr Lambert Ogu, robbed Mr Odunayo Oladeji of a laptop and four phones valued at N245,000.
“The defendants also stole seven phones and two laptops worth N573,000 from the other complainants who were only identified as Amutan, Fagbenro and Abdullahi.
Ayorinde said a vigilante group in the area arrested the defendants while the others escaped.
“Four laptops and six phones were recovered from them which they cannot give account of and they were handed over to the Police,’’ the prosecutor told the court.
He said that the offences contravened sections 297 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 297 carries 21 years’ imprisonment for robbery, while section 411 attracts two years for conspiracy.
The Magistrate, Mrs O.A. Olayinka, granted the defendants bail in the sum N300,000 each with two sureties each in like sum.
Olayinka said that all the sureties should be gainfully employed with evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
She adjourned the case until Nov. 11 for mention.
Edited By: Edith Bolokor/Abdulfatah Babatunde