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Police arraign mechanic for defrauding Lagos ex-commissioner

A motor mechanic, Gbenga Daramola, was on Monday arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate Court in Igbosere for allegedly defrauding Dr. Leke Pitan, a former Commissioner…

A motor mechanic, Gbenga Daramola, was on Monday arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate Court in Igbosere for allegedly defrauding Dr. Leke Pitan, a former Commissioner for Health in Lagos State.

The 45-year-old mechanic was accused of obtaining N1 million from the former commissioner under false pretence.

The defendant was arraigned before Magistrate Mrs. O. Kusanu on three-count charge bordering on fraud, obtaining, converting ‎and stealing preferred against him by the police. 

Police prosecutor, Corporal Cyriacus Osuji told the court that the accused fraudulently obtained the sum of N1million from Dr Pitan under the pretence of repairing his Mercedes Benz S600 with registration number EPE 800 DU.

Osuji said that the defendant converted the said sum to his personal use.

He further alleged that the defendant intentionally damaged the brain box of the Mercedes Benz S600 and the side mirror valued at ‎N200,000. 

The offences, according to the prosecutor, is punishable under sections 312 (2), 285 and 337 (7)‎ of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011. 

But the accused pleaded not guilty to the charge against him.

Consequently Magistrate Kusanu granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100,000, with two sureties each in like sum.

She said that one of the sureties must be a blood relation; they must show evidence of tax payment and their addresses verified. 

She then adjourned the case till ‎April 26.

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