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UNILAG student arraigned for alleged obtaining under false pretences

A 32-year-old undergraduate, John Udoka, on Friday appeared in an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, for allegedly obtaining N2.6 million under false pretences.

Udoka of the Department of Marine Science, University of Lagos, was arraigned on a five-count charge bordering on issuing a dud cheque, stealing and obtaining under false pretences.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Prosecutor, Sgt. Jimah Iseghede, said that the offences were committed on Sept. 29, 2015 at the University of Lagos Campus, Akoka.

Iseghede said the accused had fraudulently obtained N2.6 million from Bolanle Ogundana under the pretence of supplying her 20 tonnes of sharp sand which he failed to do since 2015.

He said the accused had gone ahead to issue a Guaranty Trust Bank dud cheque with No. 70304419 and had also gone to harass the complainant at her construction site.

Iseghede said the offences contravened sections 166, 285, 312 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The Magistrate, Mrs K.A. Ariyo, admitted the accused to a bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Ariyo said that one of the sureties must be a blood relation of the accused, and adjourned the case till Feb. 15 for mention.



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