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Mechanic docked over alleged fraud





Ikeja, March 13, 2019 A mechanic, Opeyemi Ojo, who allegedly defrauded his customer of N320, 000, on Wednesday appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on a two-count charge.

Ojo, 43, who resides at No. 33, Olusoji Adebeshin St., Sango Ota in Ogun, however, pleaded not guilty to the counts of obtaining under false pretences and stealing.

The Prosecutor, Sgt. Mike Unah, told the court that Ojo committed the offences on Jan. 10, at No 7, Ikorodu Road, Maryland, Ikeja.

Unah alleged that Ojo fraudulently collected N320, 000 from the complainant, Mr Smith Oshodin, to repair the engine of his jeep  with registration number  APP 114 EY, but failed to effect the repair.

“Ojo diverted the money to his personal use after he promised the complainant that he would  repair the vehicle within 10 days,” he said.

Unah said the offences contravened  Sections 287 and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 287 stipulates seven years’ imprisonment for stealing, while Section 314 prescribes a 15-year jail term for obtaining under false pretences.

The Magistrate, Mr A. A. Fashola admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N50, 000 with one surety in like sum.

Fashola ordered that the surety should be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State  Government.

The case was adjourned until April 17, for hearing.