A fuel dealer, Alex Ibe Okoye, 55, has been charged before the Ogudu Magistrate’s Court in Lagos, Nigeria for obtaining goods under false pretence, stealing and forgery.

The police prosecutor, in a 5-count charge alleged that Okoye obtained 33,000 litres of AGO (diesel) valued at N3.7 million, belonging to Mrs. Oguchukwu Uche under false pretence by promising to pay for the products partly by cash and through bank draft, which he failed to do.

The charge sheet also revealed that Okoye forged a payment voucher for 33,000 litres of diesel at the price of N114 per litre in favour of Mrs. Ogochukwu of Goddy Alice Ventures, Ikosi, Ketu, Lagos State.

The offences are contrary to Sections 516, 419, 390, 465, 468 and punishable under Section 467(2)(i) (4)(t)(u) of the Criminal Code, Cap. C.17, Vol. 11, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003.

When the charges were read to him, he pleaded not guilty and the trial magistrate, Mrs. Aje Afunwa, granted him bail in the sum of N300,000 with two sureties in like sum.

The magistrate directed the sureties to produce evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State government.

The case has been adjourned till 10 November, 2010 for mention.

—Oluwatunmise Ige

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