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Mechanic docked over alleged N200,000 fraud


Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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A 28 year-old auto mechanic, Joseph Abavon, on Tuesday appeared before Magistrate Banji Ayeomoni in Okitipupa Magistrates’ Court in Ondo State charged with defrauding Bola Koleoso of N200,000.
The defendant, of no fixed address, is standing trial on one-count charge of advance fee fraud.
The prosecutor, Zedekiah Orogbemi, an Inspector of Police told the court that Mr Abavon committed the offence on May 20 at 12.30 p.m at New Garage in Okitipupa.
According to him, the mechanic fraudulently obtained N200,000 from Koleoso on the pretext of assisting him to buy a Toyota Camry car engine.
Mr Orogbemi said Mr Abavon, however, failed to buy the engine and converted the money into his personal use.
The prosecutor said the offence is against Section 41 of the Criminal Code, Cap.37, Vol.1, Laws of Ondo State, 2006.
However, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge and Magistrate Ayeomoni granted him
bail in the sum of N300,000 with one surety in like sum.
The magistrate said that the surety, who must be residing within the court’s jurisdiction, must also present evidence of tax payment for last year.
The case is adjourned until June 29 for further hearing.
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