Man ar­raigned for dup­ing cleric of N150,000

The Punch - - METRO - Abio­dun Nejo, Ado Ek­iti

THE Ek­iti State Po­lice Com­mand has ar­raigned a 34-year-old man, Sun­day Fatu­nase, be­fore an Ado ek­iti Chief Mag­is­trates’ Court for al­legedly dup­ing a cleric in a land deal.

Fatu­nase is fac­ing a count of fraud.

The po­lice pros­e­cu­tor, In­spec­tor Oriy­omi Ak­in­wale, told the court on Fri­day that Fatu­nase and one other per­son now at large al­legedly ob­tained N150,000 from the com­plainant, Pas­tor Em­manuel Onyainya, on the pre­text of sell­ing a plot of land to him.

Ak­in­wale said, “The de­fen­dant and his flee­ing ac­com­plice com­mit­ted the of­fence around 2pm on July 26, 2019, in Ado ek­iti within the Ado ek­iti Mag­is­te­rial Dis­trict.

“The of­fence is in con­tra­ven­tion of Sec­tion 419 of the Crim­i­nal Code, Laws of ek­iti State, 2012.”

He urged the court to ad­journ the case to en­able him study the file and as­sem­ble his wit­nesses.

The de­fen­dant pleaded not guilty to the charge pre­ferred against him.

His coun­sel, Mr Femi Steven, urged the court to grant his client bail and promised that the de­fen­dant would not jump bail.

The Chief Mag­is­trate, Mr Ades­oji Adeg­boye, granted the de­fen­dant bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Adeg­boye ad­journed the case till Jan­uary 10, 2020, for hear­ing.

Com­mit­tee on Emer­gency and Dis­as­ter Man­age­ment, along­side the law­maker rep­re­sent­ing the area, Akeem Adeyemi, will in­ter­vene to mo­bilise re­lief ma­te­ri­als.”

On the in­ci­dent in Kaduna, Gba­jabi­amila said, “It is with shock and sad­ness that I re­ceived the news of the gas ex­plo­sion that claimed the lives of some Nige­ri­ans, in­clud­ing Prof. Si­mon Mal­lam, the

Chair­man/chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of the Nige­ria Atomic En­ergy Com­mis­sion.

“While I sym­pa­thise with the state gov­ern­ment, the sur­vivors and the fam­i­lies of those that died dur­ing the ex­plo­sion, I also pray for the re­pose of the souls of those that lost their lives to the ex­plo­sion. I also want to as­sure them that they are not alone in this try­ing time of theirs.”

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