A mechanic, Johnson Adinoi, on Monday appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing a N360,000 that was transferred into his account in error.
Adinoi, 26, whose residential address was not provided, is facing a two-count charge, bordering on stealing, to which he pleaded not guilty.
The Prosecutor, ASP. Akeem Raji, said that Adinoi committed the offences on May 22 at about 8.56 a.m. at Iyana-Ipaja, near Lagos.
Raji said that Adinoi converted N360, 000 belonging to one Chuckwunonso Egbaka to his personal use after he knew it was sent into his account in error.
He said the complainant mistakenly transferred N360, 000 to the defendant’s Access Bank account no. 0094684537.
“The complainant lodged a complaint at the bank and all efforts to speak with the defendant on the phone proved abortive as he kept rejecting the calls.
“He quickly withdrew the money and converted it to his own use.
“The defendant was, however, tracked through his phone and was subsequently, arrested,” the prosecutor said.
Raji said the offences contravened Sections 280 (2) and 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 287 stipulates three years jail term for stealing.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs A.O. Layinka, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
Layinka ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed with evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
The case was adjourned until July 8 for hearing.