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Businesswoman In Court Over Alleged N945,000 Debt

A 40-year-old businesswoman, Esther Adebayo, who failed to pay for 150 bags of flour she obtained from one Alhaja Safurat Oladega, was on Tuesday arraigned in Lagos.

The accused was, however, granted bail in the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
Adebayo, owner of Bakers’ Place at Obawole, Ifako, Lagos, is facing a two-count charge of obtaining under false pretences and stealing before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

The Prosecutor, Sgt. Joseph Ajebe, told the court that the accused committed the offences on Nov. 5, 2015 at Solak Industries Ltd, Agege, Lagos.
He said the accused took delivery of the 150 bags of flour, valued at N945, 000 on credit and promised to pay the money after the sale of the flour.

Ajebe alleged that the accused issued a dud UBA Bank cheque with number 28911571 for the N945, 000.
“The cheque was dishonoured due to insufficient funds in the accused’s account.

“The accused sold the bags of flour and converted the money to her personal use,” he said.
Ajebe said the offences contravene Sections 285, and 313 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 313 stipulates a 15- year imprisonment for convicted offenders.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr. Alexander Komolafe, ordered that the sureties must be self-employed.
Komolafe adjourned the case to April 11, for mention. (NAN)

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