Joshua Edet, 22, was charged by Ekiti State police on Tuesday for allegedly converting money, and he appeared before an Ekiti State Chief Magistrate’s Court.
The defendant committed the act between July 12 and September 7 at LAZORA Bar, across from Fayose Market in the Ajilosun Area of Ado-Ekiti, according to police prosecutor Inspector Olubu Apata.
The prosecutor said, “The defendant, a sales boy, fraudulently converted the sum of N250,400 belonging to his boss, one Babafemi Damola, to his own. The offence contravened Section 295 and punishable under Section 302 Laws of Ekiti State 2021”.
Apata requested that the matter be postponed, however, so that he could review the material and gather his witnesses.
His attorney, Mrs. Korede Onipede, requested that the court release her client on bond with a guarantee that he wouldn’t escape.
The defendant was given bail in the amount of N100,000 with one surety in the same amount, and the matter was continued till October 26 for a hearing by the Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Kehinde Awosika.
Yetunde Hanapy, 39, was also charged by the police with duty neglect and appeared before an Ado Ekiti Magistrates’ Court.
Inspector Sodiq Adeniyi, the police prosecutor, informed the court that the defendant committed the crime between July 2021 and July 2023 in Omuo, Ekiti.
According to Adeniyi, the defendant failed to carry out her duties as an auditor for the staff of the Self-Reliance Economic Advancement Programme Micro Finance Bank, which resulted in significant fraud and financial harm to the business.
Although the prosecutor claimed that the offence violated Section 262 of the Criminal Laws of Ekiti State, 2021, he pleaded with the court to postpone the hearing so he could read the case file and gather his witnesses.
Mr. Christian Ekere, the defendant’s attorney, pleaded with the court to release the prisoner on bail with a promise that she wouldn’t escape.
The matter was continued to October 11 for a hearing after the Magistrate, Dolapo Babalogbon, granted the defendant bail in the amount of N50,000 with one surety in the same amount.