UNILAG Finalist Arraigned Over Alleged N2.6 fraud

Police from State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), of Lagos State Police Command, on Friday, arraigned a final year student University of Lagos (UNILAG), Adewunmi Johnson, before a n Ebute-metta Chief Magistate’s Court, Lagos, on five counts charge bordering on conspiracy, obtaining under false pretence, stealing, issuing of dud cheques, and conduct likely to cause breach of peace.

Police alleged that the 35 years old Adewunmi, a final year student in the Department of Marine Sciences, and one John Udoka, 34, had on September 29, 2015, at about 11.30am, within the premises of UNILAG received the sum of N2.640 million from one Ogundana Bolanle, under the pretence of supplying her 20 tonnes of sharp sand.

He was also alleged to have issued a Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB), cheque with number 70304419, dated December 9, 2016, in favour of Sea Joy Enterprises, to the tune of N600,000,00, which was returned when presented at a bank in Ikorodu, for lack of insufficient fund.

He was further alleged to have acted in a manner likely to cause breach of public peace, by harassing the said Ogundana Bolanle at a construction site in UNILAG.

The Offences according to the prosecutor, Sergeant Jimah Iseghele, are contrary to and punishable under sections 409, 312(2)(3), 285(1), 319(B) and 166(1)(D) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.

The defendant however pleaded not guilty to all the counts.

Consequently, the presiding Magistrate, Mrs. K. A. Ariyo, admitted him to bail in the sum of N500, 000, with two sureties in the same sum.

One of the sureties according to the prosecutor must be a blood relation to the defendant, with three years tax payable to the Lagos State government. The Magistrate further stated that the addresses of the sureties must be verified by the prosecutor.

The matter has been adjourned till February 15, 2017.

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