In Lagos: Mechanic docked for allegedly defrauding customer of N165,000

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The prosecutor said the accused collected the money from Mr Nurain Akintola to buy some spare parts to repair his (customer’s) bus.

Ismail Abiodun, 37-year-old mechanic, was on Friday arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly defrauding his customer of N165,000.

Abiodun, who resides at Alagbado area of Lagos, is facing a two count-charge of obtaining money under false pretences and stealing.

The Prosecutor, Sgt. Godwin Awase, told court that the accused committed the offences in January, 2015 at Alagbado area of Lagos.

He said the accused collected the money from Mr Nurain Akintola to buy some spare parts to repair his (customer’s) bus.

“After examining the bus, the accused demanded N165, 000 to buy the spare parts and the complainant gave him the money.

“He converted the money to his personal use and abandoned the bus.

“All efforts made by the complainant to get his bus repaired or retrieve his money proved unsuccessful,” Awase said.

The prosecutor said the offence contravened Section 287 and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (revised).

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

The accused however pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Magistrate, Mr J.A Adigun, granted him bail in the sum of N50, 000 with one surety in like sum.

He said the surety should be gainfully employed and should show evidence of payment of two years tax to Lagos State Government.

Adigun adjourned the case until August 30 for mention. 



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