Man, 32, appears in court for alleged prepaid meter fraud

 An Ile-Ife Magistrates’ Court in Osun, on Wednesday, docked one Lawal Gbolahan, 32, for alleged prepaid meter fraud.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Irewole Jimoh, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on Feb. 13 around 12 a.m. at Akinrinade Area, Yakoyo, Ipetumodu, Ife North Local Government Area.

Jimoh said the defendant fraudulently obtained the sum of N225,000 from Ojeade Niyi with the pretence to supply him four prepaid meters, which he failed to do but converted the money to his own use.

According to him, the offence contravenes Sections 383, 390(9) and 419 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2002.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge of fraud.

The Defence Counsel, Mr Kose Adewole, applied for the bail of the defendant in a most liberal term, and pledged that his client would not jump bail, but would produce sureties.

Magistrate Habibat Basiru, therefore, granted bail for the defendant in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Basiru added that the sureties must swear to an affidavit of means, reside within the court jurisdiction and the addresses should be verified by the prosecutor.

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

The court adjourned the caseuntil Sept. 30 for hearing. 

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