Police arraign man over alleged N.6m fraud

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By Dorcas Elusogbon

Ile-Ife (Osun) – The police in Osun on Wednesday arraigned one Rafiu Bello at an Ile-Ife Magistrates’ court over alleged N604,000 fraud.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Sunday Osanyintuyi, told the court that the defendant committed the offence sometimes in June, 2018 at Adereti village near Ile-Ife.

Osanyintuyi said that the defendant obtained cash of N604,000 from one Adesiyan Oluwaseyi under the pretext of supplying him cocoa beans which he failed to do.

He added that the defendant converted the N604,000, property of one Adesiyan Oluwaseyi, to his own use.

According to the prosecutor, the offence contravened sections 383 (1), (a), 390(9) and 419 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2002.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge of fraud and conversion.

The defence counsel, Mr Wole Omotoso, applied for bail of the defendant in most liberal terms, pledging that his client would not jump bail, but would produce substantial sureties.

Magistrate Bose Idowu granted the bail of the defendant in the sum of N800,000, with two sureties in like sum.

Idowu said the sureties must swear to affidavit of means, resided within the court jurisdiction and have their addresses verified by the prosecutor.

She stated that the sureties must produce three years tax clearance certificate as well as provide three recent passport photographs each.

The case was adjourned till April 1, for hearing.


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