– The police have charged a 22-year-old man to court for stealing N150,000
– The man withdrew the money out of the N1million mistakenly transferred to his bank account
– He is now standing trial on one count of stealing contrary to Section 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011
The Lagos state police command has charged one Taiye Obakoya to court for withdrawing N150,000 out of the N1million mistakenly transferred to his bank account.
Obakoya, 22, a car painter residing in of No 26 Awolowo street, Oworosoki, was arraigned today, November 3 by the Lion Building Police Division, Obalende, before Mrs J. O. Adepoju of the Igbosere Magistrates’ Court.
Obakoya is standing trial on a charge marked Q/62/2016 on one count of stealing contrary to Section 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
According to The Nation, the prosecuting sergeant Nicholas Akpene explained how the incident happened in court.
Akpene said that at 10:30am on October 20, Mr Dada Emmanuel, intending to pay money into his wife’s bank account, did a mobile phone money transfer of N1m from his bank account to the Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) account of his car painter, Obakoya.
His words: “After discovering the error, he phoned Obakoya and pleaded with him not to tamper with the money, but the defendant assured him that no such amount was credited to his account.
“The next morning, the defendant refused to pick his calls and when the complainant checked him at home and at his workshop under the bridge at Obalende, Obakoya wasn’t there.
“The complainant then reported the matter to GTB, which placed a restriction on Obakoya’s account after confirming that the N1m was successfully transferred to it and that he had already withdrawn N150,000 from it.”
Obakoya pleaded not guilty to the charge, while Magistrate Adepoju granted him N50,000 bail with two sureties in the like sum and adjourned till Tuesday, November 15.
Meanwhile, the Lagos state police command has apprehended one Hyacinth Nwogu for duping a woman and producing fake currencies.
Nwogu, 60, who lives at 7, Abimbola street, College road, Ifako Ijaiye in Lagos was apprehended after the victim, Helen Olajide, 28, filed a complaint against him at the station.