The police in Ekiti State arraigned a 22-year-old man, Joshua Edet, before an Ekiti State Chief Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday for suspected financial conversion.
Inspector Olubu Apata, a police prosecutor, informed the court that the defendant committed the crime between July 12 and September 7 at LAZORA Bar, opposite Fayose Market in Ado-Ekiti.
“The defendant, a sales boy, fraudulently converted the sum of N250,400 belonging to his boss, one Babafemi Damola, to his own,” the prosecution stated. The offense violated Section 295 and is penalized by Section 302 of the Laws of Ekiti State 2021.”
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Apata, on the other hand, requested that the case be adjourned so that he could review the file and gather his witnesses.
Mrs Korede Onipede, his counsel, sought the court to grant bail with the condition that he not skip bail.
Mrs Kehinde Awosika, the Chief Magistrate, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100,000 with one surety in the same sum and postponed the matter until October 26 for hearing.
The police also charged a 39-year-old lady, Yetunde Hanapy, with dereliction of duty at an Ado Ekiti Magistrates’ Court.
Inspector Sodiq Adeniyi, the police prosecutor, told the court that the defendant committed the crime at Omuo, Ekiti, between 2021 and July 2023.
Adeniyi claimed that the defendant failed to perform her duties as an auditor for the Staff of Self Reliance Economic Advancement Programme Micro Finance Bank, resulting in significant fraud and financial harm to the organization.
The prosecutor, who claimed that the offence violated Section 262 of the Criminal Laws of Ekiti State, 2021, begged the court to adjourn so that he could read the case file and gather his witnesses.
Mr Christian Ekere, the defendant’s counsel, urged the court to grant bail to the prisoner on the condition that she not jump bail.
Dolapo Babalogbon, the Magistrate, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N50,000 with one surety in the same sum and adjourned the matter until October 11, for hearing.