By Onozure Dania
LAGOS — A 43-year-old businessman, Olakunle Mumuney, has been docked before a Lagos Magistrate’s court, sitting at Igbosere, for allegedly issuing a dud cheque to one Chief Innocent Amobi.
Mumuney, who is facing a two-count charge preferred against him by the police, was arraigned before Magistrate A. M Alli Balogun,
The Police prosecutor, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Akin Owanade, told the court that the defendant committed the alleged offence between June 28 and August 31, 2012, at Plot C104, Amuwo Commercial Scheme, Amuwo Odofin, area of Lagos.
He said that Mumuney, on June 28, 2012, issued a Unity Bank cheque number 09009333 dated July 31, 2012, for N350, 000 to one Chief Innocent Amobi and when he presented the said cheque at the bank for payment, it was dishonoured because of insufficient fund in the account.
Owanade, also alleged that the defendant also issued a Unity Bank cheque number 090009334 dated August 31, 2012, N 350,000 to Amobi and it was also dishourned when it was presented for payment in the bank, due to the same reason.
According to the prosecutor, the offence committed is punishable under section 313 criminal law of Lagos state of Nigeria 2011.
When the charge was read to the defendant, he pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge.
The defendant’s counsel Olajide Olutayo, urged the court to grant the defendant bail on a liberal term as the offence is bailable.
Adding that when the trial commences the court will realize that the case is a civil case that is already being tried in a competent court in the jurisdiction.
However Magistrate Balogun, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N 50,000, with two responsible sureties in like sum, who are gainfully employed.
She said one of the sureties must own a landed property, his address verified show evidence of tax payment.
She further adjourned the case to September, 9, 2013, for trial.