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Man, 28, in court for stealing police fuel .Another charged with defrauding accommodation seeker

A commercial motorcyclist, popularly called ` Okada rider’, Abiola Salawu, who allegedly stole 50 litres of petrol from the Ketu Police Station, Lagos State,  has appeared before an Ogudu Chief Magistrates’ Court.
Salawu, 28, who lives at No. 18, Ishawo Rd., Ikorodu in Lagos State, is facing a charge of stealing.
The Prosecutor, Sergeant Lucky Ihiehie, told the court that the accused had on May 25, at 5.40a.m., illegally entered the premises of the Ketu Police Station and stole 50 litres of petrol.
Ihiehie, who said the stolen product valued at N18, 000 belonged to the station, further said the policemen observed that the petrol inside a gallon was missing from where they kept it.
“The officers searched around the area and saw the accused with the same gallon in which they kept the petrol with only 30 litres of the substance remaining”, he stated.
The prosecutor said the offence contravened Section 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
Salawu, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
In her ruling, the Magistrate, Mrs. O. J. Awope, granted the accused bail in the sum of N50, 000 with one surety in like sum.
She said  the surety should be gainfully employed with a verification of address as part of the bail conditions.
The magistrate adjourned the case to June 24 for mention.
Also in Lagos, a 44-year-old security consultant, Olufemi Atiti,  has been charged with defrauding an accommodation seeker of N200,000 at a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court.
Atiti of No 10, Akinwale Shittu St., Thomas Estate, Ajah, Lagos State, is facing charges of obtaining under false pretences and stealing.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Prosecutor, Sergeant Aondohemba Koti, told the court that the accused committed the offences at 8.20 p.m., on March 7 at his residence.
“Atiti, under the pretext of providing a living room and bedroom ‘self contained apartment’ induced the complainant, one Miss Yinka Wahab, a hairdresser, to part with N200,000 as payment for the accommodation.
“After the complainant had given the accused the money, he failed to provide the accommodation as promised; rather, he refused to pick phone calls she made to demand a refund.” Koti said.
According to him, the offences contravened Sections 285(5)(a) and 312(a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011, which  recommends 15 years’ imprisonment for anyone convicted of the offence of obtaining under false pretences.
Wahab, the complainant, who was in court as a witness for prosecution, wept profusely during the arraignment of Atiti.
The Magistrate, Mrs. Salama Matepo, granted the security consultant bail in the sum of N50,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Matepo adjourned the case to June 3 for mention.

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