By ALEX OLISE
Two women, Mutiat Ajoke, 27, and Ayaga Bolanle, 50, have appeared before an Ota Magistrates’ Court in Ogun State, for allegedly forging 117 Point of Sales, PoS, receipts.
The police charged the defendants, whose addresses were not provided, with three counts of theft, forgery and conspiracy.
The Prosecution Counsel, Inspector E.O. Adaraloye, told the court that the defendants and others still at large, committed the offence between January 2021 and January 2022 at Payee Ventures, Ota.
Adaraloye said that the defendants, staff of Payee Ventures, conspired among themselves to steal N17.9 million belonging to Vera Odjugo.
He said the offence contravened the provisions of Sections 390(6), 467 and 516 of the Criminal Code, Vol.11, Laws of Ogun, 2006.
They, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Magistrate A.O. Adeyemi admitted the defendants to a bail of N500,000 each and two sureties each in like sum.
Adeyemi ordered that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and be gainfully employed with evidence of tax payment to the Ogun State Government.
She adjourned the case until March 16 for further hearing.
Suspect in murder of 300L UNIJOS student, Jennifer Anthony ‘goes dumb’ in court.
Moses Oko, prime suspect in the gruesome murder of 300-Level student of the University of Jos, Jennifer Anthony, went dumb during his arraignment in court, on Monday, February, 21.
Recall that the 20 year-old suspect was arrested by the police in Plateau State, after his girlfriend was found dead on January 1, 2022, with her eyes plucked out. He was said to have brutally murdered her at one hotel in Jos, the state capital.
According to reports, he was led into the court while his counsel was already in. His case file was called and he was asked to move into the witness box to take an oath.
However, Oko refused to walk on his own, pretending not to understand what was going on. He was then helped to the witness box by the correctional officer that brought him to the court.
On reaching the witness box, the court clerk called his name several times to know if he understood the English Language or Hausa Language, so as to know how to administer the oath for him, but he did not respond and instead kept staring at the court without uttering a word.
Counsel to the defendant, Barr. Alex Muleng, then came up with an argument that the mental state of his client is unstable.
“It appears the weight of charges slammed on him is too heavy for him to bear and as a result, has developed imbalanced mental conditions,” said Muleng.