Police arraign poly lecturer over alleged forgery, fraud

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By Yemisi Ajayi, Ibadan

A 46-year-old Polytechnic lecturer, Mr Popoola Waheed, was on Wednesday arraigned before an Iwo-Road Chief Magistrates’ Court, Ibadan for  alleged forgery and theft of the institution’s money.

The police charged the accused on a three-count charge of conspiracy, stealing and forgery.

The prosecutor,Asp . Sunday Ogunremi , told the court that the accused and others now at large sometimes between the month of August ,2016 to January 2017 at the Oke-ogun Polytechnic Saki, in Saki magisterial district did conspired together to steal.

Ogunremi  said that the accused and others now at large  stole ?one million nine hundred and twenty five thousand hundred and thirty three naira sixty seven kobo (N1,925,233,67k) belonging to the institution.

He also said that the defendant and others now at large did forged the signature of one Mrs. Dolapo Omolola Ade?niji in the same institution to withdraw salary

The prosecutor said the offences committed is punishable under section 516,390(9)(6) and 467 of the Criminal Code, Cap 38vol. II Laws of Oyo State, Nigeria 2000

The accused pleaded not guilty on the charges charge no. Mi/?17c/19

In his ruling the Chief Magistrate, Mr. Taiwo Oladiran , granted  that the accused bail in the sum of N 500, 000 with two surety in like sum.

The Magistrate held that the surety must gian-fully employed and must be resident within Ibadan magistrate district and they must worth N 500,000 each

Adisa, however, adjourned the case till 7th July, 2019 for hearing.

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