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Lotto agents docked over N3.3m theft


High Court

High Court

Three Lotto agents on Friday appeared before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly obtaining the sum of N3.3 million under false pretences.

The accused, Samuel Adikpe, 24; Kazeem Olakunle, 30; and Rabiu Adebayo, 32; whose addresses are unknown, are facing a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy, stealing and obtaining under false pretences.

The Police Prosecutor, Insp. Chinalu Uwadione, told the court that the accused committed the offences between August and October at No. 1, Asa-Jegun St., Egan, Igando.

Uwadione alleged that the accused stole and obtained the sum of N3.3 million from one Precious Okwudili under the pretence of staking a premium lotto game on her behalf, which proved to be false.

The offences, according to the prosecutor, contravened sections 285, 270, 312 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2011.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Magistrate, Mrs A.S. Okubile, granted the accused bail in the sum of N500,000, with two sureties who must be gainfully employed and reside in their own house.

She said that the sureties must also show evidence of three years tax payment to Lagos State Government.

“They (sureties) must also provide authentic residential addresses verified by the court,” she said.

The case was adjourned till Feb. 8, 2017 for trial.

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