A 32-year-old man identified as Adeosun Adeola, has been arraigned before an Ado-Ekiti Chief Magistrates’ Court by the Ekiti state police command.
The defendant was said to have claimed that N1.6 million kept in his custody by another man disappeared by spiritual means.
Police dragged Adeola, a resident of Ureje Street in Ado-Ekiti to court on Friday. He is standing trial on a two-count charge of breach of peace and illegal conversion of money.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Police prosecutor, Inspector Olubu Apata, told the court that the defendant committed the offences in March at Ureje.
Apata said Adeola conducted himself in a manner likely to cause a breach of peace by claiming that N1.6 million kept in his custody by one Mr Adedeji Oluwaseun went missing in his bank account by spiritual means.
He alleged that the defendant fraudulently converted the sum to his own use, in contravention of Sections 181(d) and 295(2) (a) of the Criminal Laws of Ekiti State, 2021.
Chief Magistrate Kehinde Awosika granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100,000 with one surety in like sum.
She adjourned the case until Oct. 23 for a hearing.
In other news…
Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano state has lauded a young man simply identified as Yusuf Sulaiman Sumaila for returning to government coffers, the salary received through his dead father’s bank account.
Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Digital Media, Abdullahi Ibrahim, in a statement, said Sumaila’s father died in October 2022 but the state government continued to pay his salary until August 2023.
According to him, when the deceased civil servant’s son noticed the error, he returned the salary which totalled N328, 115.75 to the state and notified the government of his father’s demise.
The statement read; “Yusuf stated that the state government had continued paying his late father’s salary into his account after his death in October 2022 until August 2023, when he made an official request for the payment to be stopped.
To the governor’s satisfaction, Yusuf also requested to return the backlog of 328,115.75 to the government, for which the governor personally invited him to his office to thank him.
Remarking, the governor commended Yusuf for his remarkable gesture, urging other young people to emulate him and uphold the value of honesty”.