By Afusat Agunbiade-Oladipo
Ilorin – The police on Friday arraigned a travel agent, Ganiyu Olobi, in an Ilorin Magistrates’ Court for allegedly defrauding intending pilgrims of seven million Naira.
The Prosecutor, Insp Nasiru Yusuf told the court that the accused allegedly collected three million Naira from one Wasiu Ganiyu of Asa-Dam Road, Ilorin to process travel documents for him and his father to Saudi Arabia for the 2015 Hajji Operation.
Yusuf alleged that the accused also collected four million Naira from one Mrs Oshun Oyinade of No.12, Church Street, Ojodu, Lagos State for the procurement of visas and travel tickets but failed to refund her money.
He said the accused is facing trial on four counts of criminal breach of trust, cheating, intimidation and obtaining money by false pretence.
The prosecutor said the first complainant (Ganiyu) stated that when it was time to travel for the Hajji the accused informed him that government removed his name from the list.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the alleged offences.
The prosecutor said the offence contravened provisions of sections 328, 276, 231and 198 of Penal Code Law.
He said that investigation was yet to be completed, even as he did not oppose the bail of the accused.
The Defence Counsel, Abdulganiyu Bello prayed the court to grant his client bail on the most liberal terms.
He submitted further that the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria still presumed the accused innocent of the allegation until contrary was proved.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Mohammed Ibrahim, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case until Nov. 19, for further mention.