Ikeja – A 36-year-old sales representative, Endurance Ntada, who allegedly stole his friend’s N1 million, on Tuesday appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court.
Ntada, who resides at Ifo in Ogun, is facing a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.
He, however, pleaded not guilty.
The prosecutor, ASP Ezekiel Ayorinde, told the court that the accused conspired with another person at large to commit the offences in November 2017 at Oke-Odo, Lagos.
Ayorinde said that the accused stole the money from Mr Joseph Okih.
He said the N1 million was paid into the accused’s bank account to help to secure the complainant’s bail.
“The complainant was arrested and detained in Benin over a business-related issue, and he needed the money for his bail.
“He called one of his friends to lend him the money and it was paid into the accused’s account.
“After the accused collected the money, he absconded to an unknown destination.
“He was arrested after four months and handed over to the police,” the prosecution said.
He said that the offences contravened Sections 287 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (revised).
Section 287 prescribes a three-year jail term for stealing.
Magistrate B.O. Osunsanmi granted him bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Osunsanmi said that the sureties should be gainfully employed and should show evidences of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
She adjourned the case until April 16 for mention. (NAN)