A Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Akure, Ondo State capital, has arraigned an undergraduate student of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, AAUA, over fraud allegations.
The undergraduate, Ayodeji Fadare, who is a 300-level Mass Communication student of the institution, was dragged before the court from for allegedly defrauding five people of N486,000
26-year-old Fadare, who is also a cybercafe operator was alleged to have committed the offence last year in Alagbaka area of Akure Magisterial District.
According to the Prosecutor, Inspector Akintimehin Nelson, Fadare fraudulently obtained the sum of N486,000 from the victims under the pretence of helping them to pay the school fees of their children.
While narrating how the accused person committed the crime, the Prosecutor informed the court that Fadare collected N75,500 from one Omoteji Israel through his Bank Account Number 0175044918 domiciled with Guaranty Trust Bank.
The Prosecutor who also revealed that the accused person also collected the sum of N150,000 paid by one Eunice Bamidele with a pretence to pay her daughter’s school fees, added that the Fadare obtained another N155, 000 from one Gbenga Adebayo and N55,000 from Esther Oluwatoki under the pretence to help them pay their children school fees.
Akintimehin further disclosed that Fadare fraudulently obtained and converted to his personal use the sum of N51,000 from one Oyinbodunmi Ibikunle under the pretence of helping him pay his son’s school fees.
The offences were said to have contravene Sections 418, 419, 383, 390 (9), 465, 467 and 338 of the Criminal Code, Cap. 37, Vol. 1, Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.
With the Defence Counsel, Bernard Godwin, pleading that the court should grant the defendant bail, Fadare had pleaded not guilty to the twelve-count charge of fraud preferred against him before the court.
Chief Magistrate Musa Al-Yunnus granted bail to the accused person in the sum of N500,000, with two sureties in like sum, adding that the sureties must swear to an affidavit of means, and reside within the court’s jurisdiction.
He also said the sureties must also produce three years tax clearance certificate as well as provide two recent passport photographs.
The case was subsequently adjourned till January 28, 2022, for hearing.