Innocent, who resides in Lawani Street in Ejigbo area of Lagos, is facing a three-count charge of stealing, conspiracy and fraud.
A 40-year-old man , Chibunna Innocent , who allegedly collected N104,000 on the pretext of supplying 150 cartons of Pepsi, was on Wednesday brought before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court.
Innocent , who resides in Lawani Street in Ejigbo area of Lagos, is facing a three-count charge of stealing, conspiracy
He, however, entered a 'not guilty’ plea.
But the Prosecutor, Insp. Victor Eruada insisted that the accused committed the offences sometime in May 2016 at
Ile Epo Bus Stop, Agege, Lagos.
According to him, the accused with another man still at large, who claimed to be a staff member of 7up Bottling Company,
collected N104,000 from the complainant, Cyprian Felix, with a promise to supply 150 cartons of Pepsi to him.
“The accused collected the money and failed to deliver the goods as promised …he converted the money to personal use.”
The offences contravened Sections 287, 314 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 287 provides 14 years imprisonment for offenders, while Section 314 stipulates 15 years for obtaining credit by false pretences.
The Magistrate, Mrs G. O. Anifowoshe, in her ruling, granted the accused bail in the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
He said the sureties must be gainfully employed and should also show evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State
Government and adjourned the case until June 21 for mention.
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