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Teacher arrested over alleged N760,000 fraud

A 36-year-old teacher, Emmanuel Ogunbameru, has been charged to court for engaging in advance fee fraud.

He was arraigned on Thursday before an Okitipupa Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ondo State for allegedly obtaining N760,000 fraudulently.

The defendant is facing a two-count charge bordering on felony and advance fee fraud.

Police Prosecutor, Insp Ayodeji Omoyeigha, told the court that Ogunbameru committed the offece on April 17 at No. 96, Ikoya road, Okitipupa in Okitipupa magisterial district, with one other still at large.

He said the defendant fraudulently obtained the sum of N760,000 from one Oluwasegun Ehinmosan under the pretence of helping him to buy some goods but did not do so.

According to Omoyeigha, the offences are contrary to Sections 516 and 419 of the Criminal Code, Cap. 37, Vol. I, Laws of Ondo State, 2006. The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against him.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr Philip Akinlosetu, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N200,000 and a surety in like sum.

Akinlosetu said the surety, who must reside within the court’s jurisdiction, must also show and present evidence of two years tax payment made to the state government. He adjourned the case till Oct. 26 for further hearing.