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Corps member allegedly defrauds police officer of quarter of a million

A National Youth Service Corps member in Oyo State, Ukanwa Ikechukwu, has been arrested and charged to court for allegedly defrauding a female police officer, ACP Modupe Okpaleke.

He was arraigned on Friday in an Iyaganku Magistrate’s Court after being accused of swindling a police officer of N235,000.

Ikechukwu, a graduate of physiotherapy, was charged with false pretence and theft.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty.

The prosecutor, Insp Olufemi Omilana, told the court that the suspect on Dec. 4, 2022, with intent to defraud allegedly obtained N235,000 from Modupe Okpaleke.

Omilana further explained that ACP Okpaleke while seeking medical solutions to her leg problem at the Police Cottage Hospital, Eleyele, Ibadan, was introduced to Ukenwa, who recommended that she buys a bicycle.

According to the police, Ikechukwu who was deployed to the Police Cottage Hospital, Eleyele, Ibadan for his NYSC programme, collected N235k from the female officer to render assistance but fraudulently converted the money to his own use.

The prosecutor said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 390 (9) and 419 of the Criminal Code Laws of Oyo State 2000.

Magistrate M. I. Giwa-Babalola admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.

The case was adjourned till May 25, for hearing.