The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Ibadan Zonal Office, on Monday, June 3, 2019 arraigned one Oni Daniel Oluwatope before Justice Mohammed Owalabi of the High Court of Oyo State, sitting in Iyaganku, Ibadan.
The defendant was docked on a one-count charge of stealing contrary to Section 390 of the Criminal Code Cap. C38, Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria, 2000.
The charge alleged that Oni stole by fraudulently converting to his personal use one 2006 Toyota Matrix car valued at One Million, Five Hundred and Eight Thousand Naira only.
According to the victim, "I had a Toyota Matrix car which I wanted to sell for the sum of N1, 508, 000 (One Million, Five Hundred and Eight Thousand Naira). Oni Daniel Oluwatope approached me and indicated interest for the car and thereafter issued me a cheque being value of the agreed amount and left with the car. However, when I presented the cheque in my bank it was returned unpaid even after 48 hours and when I tried to reach Oluwtope his phone was switched off and all efforts made to get him was abortive hence the petition".
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against him.
In view of his plea, prosecution counsel, Mabur Mabas, applied for a date for trial and for the remand of the defendant at the appropriate place of custody.
Justice Owolabi adjourned the case to June 10, 2019 for the trial of Oni and ordered him to be remanded at Agodi prison pending the filing and determination of his bail application.
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June 3, 2019