Pride Goes Before A Fall: Politician arraigned over alleged request for free hotel accommodation

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Police Prosecutor said the accused committed the offence on May 16 at Citadel Hotel, Ikeja, when he the supervisor for free accommodation.

A 37-year-old businessman, Ibrahim Mustapha, who allegedly approached a hotel for free lodging, has appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, charged with breach of peace.

Mustapha, whose  address is  unknown, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Magistrate, Mrs O.J. Awope,  admitted him to a bail of N30,000 with one surety in like sum.

Earlier, Police Prosecutor Ezekiel Ayorinde said the accused committed the offence on May 16 at Citadel Hotel, Ikeja, when he entered the hotel premises and approached the supervisor for free accommodation.

“The accused approached the supervisor telling him that he should allow him to lodge for free that he did not have money.

“He claimed that he is a politician, who lives in Abuja and that if given free accommodation, he will compensate him by giving him a `manager job’ in Abuja with a three-bedroom flat and a fat salary,” he said.

The prosecutor said that when the manager of the hotel came in, he immediately recognised the accused.

“The manager said the accused was in the hotel about six months ago asking for a free room.

“The accused was arrested and  handed over to the police,” he told the court.

The offence contravened Section 168 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.(Revised)

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the accused may be jailed for three months on conviction, according to Section 168.

The case was adjourned until June 13 for mention.



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