Expired card: 51-year-old jailed for failing to pay drink sellers

An Oredo Magistrates’ Court in Benin, Edo State, on Friday sentenced a 51-year-old man, Ikidi Innocent, to three months’ imprisonment for using an expired Union Bank ATM card to buy drinks and fried meat.

Ikidi, who committed the offence on June 27, 2019, was said to have bought the items from one Blessing John and Dorothy Amaka.

He was arraigned on three counts of obtaining under false pretences.

Police Prosecutor, ASP Patrick Agbonifo, had informed the court that the convict bought fried meat worth N1,500, beer worth N9,000, Origin bitters worth N300, and other alcoholic drinks worth N3,430.

Agbonifo said, “The offences are punishable under sections 516, 421 and 419 of the Criminal Code, Cap 48, Vol. ii, Laws of the defunct Bendel State of Nigeria now applicable in Edo State.”

He pleaded guilty to the charges and the presiding magistrate, Ivie Akhere, sentenced him to three months’ imprisonment without an option of fine.

Meanwhile, another 28-year old man, Desmond Onovaibirhi, has been arraigned before the same magistrates’ court for stealing the sum of N157,700.

Desmond allegedly conspired with one Elisabeth Augustine to steal the money from a new generation bank on January 12, 2019.

Police Prosecutor, ASP Agbonifo, informed the court that the money belonged to one Loveth Tijani.

The suspect was arraigned on two counts of stealing and conspiracy.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was granted bail in the sum of N50,000 with a surety in the like sum.

The case was adjourned till September 9, 2019 for hearing.(Punch)

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