Police arraign man for allegedly refusing to pay N638,000 hotel bill




By Deborah Akpede

Ikeja, Aug. 22, 2019 The police on Thursday arraigned a 27-year-old man, Wole Adekunle, on Thursday appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, for allegedly refusing to pay N638,000 in  hotel bills.

Adekunle, who resides in Ayobo area of Lagos, is charged with three counts of breach of peace, theft  and threat to life, to which he pleaded not guilty.

The Prosecution Counsel, ASP Ezekiel Ayorinde, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on April 10 at Rayban Hotel, Ipaja, Lagos.

Ayorinde alleged that the defendant conducted himself in a manner likely to cause breach of the peace.

He said the defendant accumulated a bill of N638,000 and  refused to pay for no reason and  threatened the kill the Manager,  Mr Bamidele Ologun.

Ayorinde said that when the manager asked for his money, the defendant threatened to kill him.

The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 51, 168 and 280 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Nigeria News Agency reports that Section 51 carries one year imprisonment for threat to life, while Section 287 attracts three years for stealing.

Magistrate J.A Adegun admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.

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

He adjourned the case until Sept. 16 for mention.

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