A 42-year-old man, Adesanmi Adeyera, on Thursday appeared before an Ile-Ife Magistrates’ Court in Osun for allegedly defrauding his customer of 100 bags of rice worth N2million.
Adeyera, whose address was not provided in court, is facing a charge of fraud, to which he pleaded not guilty.
The Prosecutor, Sgt. Elijah Adesina, told the court that the defendant committed the offence on June 20 at 5:30 p.m. at Oja-Tuntun in Ile-Ife.
Adesina said that the defendant fraudulently obtained 100 bags of rice from the complainant, Mr Oyetoro Omolade.
The prosecutor said that the defendant promised that he would pay Omolade within five days; a representation he knew was false.
Adesina said that the defendant converted the N2million to his personal use after selling the rice.
He said that the offence contravened Sections 390(9) and 419 of the Criminal Law of Osun, 2002.
The defence counsel, Mr Ola Ibrahim, urged the court to grant bail to his client in most liberal terms, promising that Adeyera would not jump bail.
The Magistrate, Mr A.A. Ayeni, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Ayeni ordered that the sureties must swear to affidavit of means and must be residing within the court’s jurisdiction.
He added that one of the sureties must show evidence of three years’ tax payment to Osun Government.
Ayeni adjourned the case until Sept. 20 for mention.