Businessman sent to prison for stealing £22,000




Paul Iyoghojie

A businessman, Rasaki Adeyiga, 30 has been arrested and arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate Court for allegedly obtaining the sum of £22,000 from one Udeme Akpan on the pretext of paying him back in Naira equivalent of N10,340,000 but instead allegedly converted the money to his use.

A Police source alleged that the Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG in charge of Zone 2 Command, Onikan, Lagos Island, Adamu Ibrahim directed a team led by Sgt Mark Gbadamosi to arrest the accused following a complaint by Udeme Akpan.

Adeyiga was charged before the Igbosere Magistrate Court, Lagos on a three-count of felony to Wit, obtaining money by false pretence and stealing.

Police Counsel, Ibrahim Haruna informed the Court in charge No B/93/2018 that the accused committed the alleged crime between 5 and 6 July, 2018 at Abule Egba, Lagos.

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Haruna told the court that the accused approached the complainant to give him the sum of £22,000 with the promise of paying him back in Naira equivalent of N10,340,000 and that the complainant released the money to him on trust.

Haruna stated that the complainant was shocked that after the accused collected the currency, he failed to pay back the Naira equivalent and instead converted the money to his use and escaped before he was arrested.

He said the offences the accused committed were punishable under sections 411, 314 and 287 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the alleged offence in the open court and Chief Magistrate Folashade Botoku granted him bail in the sum of N1,000,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Botoku adjourned the case till 30 October, 2018 for mention and ordered that the defendant be remanded at the Ikoyi Prison, Lagos till he perfected the bail conditions.