A 41-year old engineer, Mr. sola Akinwale has been arraigned before an Ebute-Metta  Magistrate’s Court, Lagos, South-West Nigeria, for allegedly defrauding his partially  impaired friend, Mr. Adu Pelumi Peters, through the use of his Automated Teller Machine,  ATM.

Akinwale was alleged to have committed the offence betwee 15 and 16 May 2010 by using his  friend’s ATM card to withdraw money from the First Bank Plc acount of the victim without  his authority.

He was said to have used the ATM to withdraw the sum of  N30,000 and N260,000 from the  victim’s two accounts numbers 00121100005585621 and 1843010173133.

He was arraigned on a two-count charge of stealing which the police said is punishable  under Section 390(9) of the Criminal Code Cap C 17 vol. 2, laws of Lagos State of  Nigeria, 2003.

When the charge was read to him, Akinwale pleaded not guilty.

The trial magistrate, Mrs. K. O. Doja Ojo admitted him to bail in the sum of N100,000  with two suretie in the like sum.

The sureties, the court ordered must produce evidence of paying tax to Lagos State  government and to show means of livelihood.

The case has been adjourned till 29 October, 2010 for mention.

—Paul Sanusi