LAGOS – A 30-year-old man, Obinna Elochukwu, who allegedly issued a UBA chegue in the sum of N1,317,000 was brought before an Ojo Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
Elochukwu, whose address was not provided, is facing a charge of theft.
The prosecutor, ASP Godwin Eze, told the court that the accused had sometime in August 2011, at 2:00 p.m., at the Alaba International market, Lagos, issued the cheque to Mr Livinus Okpala.
‘The accused on the said date and time, did unlawfully issue a UBA cheque No. 40247018 in the sum of N1,317,000 to Mr Livinus Okpala,” he said.
According to him, Elochukwu knew fully well that there were no sufficient funds in his account.
Eze said that the offence committed by the accused contravened Section 319(b)and was punishable under Section 320 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
However, the accused pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Magistrate, Mr Teslimi Shomade, therefore, granted the accused bail in the sum of N1,000,000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case till February 18, 2015, for mention.
Meanwhile a 50-year-old man, Sunday Okoro, was remanded in prison custody by a Shomolu Magistrate’s Court in Lagos over an alleged attempt to murder one Dele Olukayode.
The Magistrate, Mrs B.O. Osunsanmi, ordered that the accused should be remanded in prison custody, until he secures his bail either through the High Court or on the advice of the State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
The prosecutor, Mr Thomas Muhammed, had earlier told the court that the defendant allegedly poured a liquid substance suspected to be a petrochemical, on the complainant and set him ablaze after an argument.
Muhammed said the action of the defendant endangered the life of the complainant, who he said, was currently receiving treatment in an undisclosed hospital in Lagos.
He said that the offence was committed on December 11 at about 10.30 a.m. at No. 56, Jagunmolu Street, Bariga in Lagos, stressing that the offence contravened Section 228 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The prosecutor tendered statements from the complainant, defendant, two witnesses and a plastic bottle used in taking the petrol chemical before the court, as exhibits.
Reports state that the defendant was first arraigned on Tuesday, December 16, on a one-count charge of attempted murder, where he pleaded guilty to the offence.