Clearing agent drags man to court over N3.5m transaction


A 45-year-old man, Joseph Udo was on Friday arraigned before an Apapa Magistrates’ Court for allegedly making false statement against one clearing agent, Olayiwola Dayo Damilola.

Udo is facing a two-count charge of false pretence and breach of peace.

The prosecutor, Inspector Ferdinard Asu told the court that the defendant committed the offence on July 4, 2018 at about 8pm at Satellite Police Station, Agbogu.

“The defendant made false statement to the police officer against one clearing agent, Olayiwola Dayo Damilola that he (Joseph Udo) deposited the sum of N3.5 million into the clearing agent’s First Bank account number 3086956151, a presentation he knew or believed to be false because there is no documentary or concrete evidence to prove his defence,” Asu said.

The prosecutor added that the defendant conducted himself in a manner likely to cause the breach of peace by giving false information to the police officer at Satellite Police Station, Agboju against Damilola.

According to him, the offences are punishable under sections 96 and 168 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2015.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

The Magistrate, Mukaila Fadeyi granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.

The sureties, according to the Magistrate, must furnish the court with evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

He adjourned the case till July 30, 2018 for mention.