By Tobi Adetunji
Two men, Nofia Popoola, 30, and Anuoluwapo Adeniyi, 28, on Monday appeared before an Ota Magistrates’ Court, Ogun, for allegedly stealing N185,000 from the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC).
The defendants, whose address was provided at the time of filing this report, are facing three-count- count charge bordering on conspiracy, stealing, and obtaining money under false pretenses.
They, however, pleaded not quilt.
According to the Prosecutor, Inspector E.O Adaraloye, the defendants, and others still at large committed the offenses from July 2017 to June 2020, at Elejibo, Lisa Ota.
Adaraloye alleged the defendants stole the sum by hacking into IBEDC Prepaid Token Account.
He said the defendants generated a token to recharge prepaid meters for customers without IBEDC’s authorization.
The Prosecutor said that the defendants also collected the sum of N70,000 from one Mr. Festus Adeniyi on the pretext of getting a prepaid meter for him.
He said the offenses contravened Sections 390(9), 419 and 515 of the criminal code, Laws of Ogun, 2006
Magistrate A.O Adeyemi granted each of the defendants N100,000 bail with one surety in like sum.
Adeyemi ordered that the surety must reside within the court’s jurisdiction, be gainfully employed and have evidence of tax payment to the Ogun State governmen. The magistrate adjourned the case till November 23 for Substantive hearing.