Police arraign agent over N9.5m fake alert for diesel

Four docked for stealing items worth N.7m at Apapa port
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A 41-year-old agent, Umukoro David, was on Friday arraigned before an Apapa Magistrates’ Court for allegedly forwarding a fake alert of N9,450,000 for the supplying of 45 litres of diesel.

David is facing a two-count charge bordering on conspiracy and fraud.

The prosecutor, Inspector Perezi Donjor, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on January 10, 2019 at about 12pm at Ijegun-Egba Depot, Satellite Town, Lagos.

“The defendant conspired together with others at large and conducted himself in a manner likely to cause breach of peace by forwarding a fake alert of N9,450,000 to one Ogunmola Rotimi on his phone for the supply of 45 litres of diesel, a representation he knew to be false,” Donjor said

According to him, the offences are punishable under sections 314 and 168(d) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria 2015.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against him.

Magistrate O.A Erinle granted the defendant bail in the sum of N300,000 with two responsible sureties in like sum.

The sureties, according to the Magistrate, must be gainfully employed and furnish the court with evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government

One of the sureties must be a blood relation to the defendant.

She adjourned the case till February 4, 2019 for mention.