Biting The Hand That Feeds.. Teenager, man face trial for allegedly defrauding employer of N2.3m

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The accused, who worked in the accounts department of Jeed Trinity Schools located at Isolo, Lagos, collected the sum of N2.36 million from parents as school fees.

Two men — Oluwaseun Oluyemi and Fisayo Ojugbele — who allegedly defrauded their employer of N2.36 million, were on Tuesday brought before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court.

Oluyemi, 18, and Ojugbele, 36, both residents of Isolo area of Lagos, are facing a four-count charge bordering on obtaining money under false pretences and stealing.

Police Prosecutor Simeon Imhonwa told the court that the accused committed the offences between Nov. 2014 and March 18, 2017 at Isolo.

Imhonwa said the accused, who worked in the accounts department of Jeed Trinity Schools located at Isolo, Lagos, collected the sum of N2.36 million from parents as school fees.

He said the accused failed to remit the money into the school’s account and converted it to personal use.

The prosecutor said the case was reported by the proprietor of the school, Mr Idornigie Joseph, to the police.

Imhonwa also alleged that the accused forged an Access Bank teller of the school’s account which he gave to parents.

“The fraud was detected by auditors who were invited to check the school’s accounts.”

The offences contravened Sections 287, 314, 365 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 314 prescribes a 15-year jail term for offenders.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs B.O. Osunsanmi, in her ruling, granted each of the accused N300,000 bail with two sureties each in like sum.

Osunsanmi said the sureties must be gainfully employed and should also provide two years’ tax clearance.

The case was adjourned until September 7 for mention.



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