Sunday, June 26, 2011

Businessman in court for lodging without payment

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A 37-year-old businessman, Temitope Boaz, was on Friday arraigned in Lagos for allegedly lodging in a rest house without payment. Mr Boaz is standing trial before an Igbosere Magistrate Court on a two-count charge of lodging without payment and issuing a dud cheque.

The prosecutor, Frank Innah, told the court that the accused lodged at the Camelot Rest House on Victoria Island, Lagos, from June 18 to June 21. He said Mr Boaz incurred a bill of N165,000 and issued an Intercontinental cheque No. 069151110 for the same amount. Mr Innah said the cheque was rejected when presented for payment as the accused did not have sufficient money in his account.

He said the offence contravened Section 419 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Lagos State, 2003.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge and was granted bail conditioned upon the payment of N150,000 and the guarantee of two sureties in like sum. The Magistrate, C.J. Momodu, adjourned the case till July 6 for further hearing.

In a related development, a businessman, Joseph Echezona, on Friday appeared before an Igbosere Magistrate Court for robbing a company of a container loaded with motor spare parts. Mr Echezona, 25, is standing trial on a two-count charge of conspiracy and armed robbery. The accused was alleged to have hijacked the container sometime in August 2010 while armed with offensive weapons.

According to the prosecutor, Raymond Odion, "the accused with others at large, while armed with dangerous weapons, hijacked the container and took it to an undisclosed location."

He put the worth of the stolen items at N10 million, property of Auto Sea Cargo Company, Lagos.


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