By Adetunji Ayo-Brown
For allegedly obtaining money under false pretense, cheating and criminal breach of trust, contrary to Sections 322 and 312 of the Penal Code, an Ilorin Magistrate Court has granted bail to one Adeleke Joshua over N3million fraud.
Through Direct Complaint, the case was reported to the registrar of the magistrate court by Abubakar Funsho Garba on 28th June, 2021. According to the petition, paid into his account number 220936190, was the sum of N3million given to the defendant (Adeleke) in three installments.
After making Garba to believe that he, Joshua wanted to help invest the money in finance investment. He made him to also believe that he would give him the proceed on the investment and the total sum after three months beginning from 1st March, 2021.
The petition also further stated that on 15th January 2021, the sum of N200,000 was given to the defendant, N2,250,000 on 24th February, while on the 1st of March the sum of N550,000 was also given to the defendant.
The complainant, garba, added that the defendant cheated on the sum premised on the trust reposed on him and that the defendant has, ever since, avoided Garba and been on the run. He dishonestly disobeyed the direction and employed the money in his own business.
That he called him on 4th June, 2021 demanding for the total sum and proceed on the investment but begged and asked for one-month grace claiming that he was arrested by the police and had to bail himself with the sum of $30,000.
Counsel to the defendant argued that he is presumed innocent until contrary is proven
Counsel to the complainant however did not oppose to the bail application on any legal terms
Among other conditions, the presiding judge granted him bail with N1.5million and two sureties in like sum who must not be less than level 8 in the State Civil Service, the court granted the defendant bail.
The Magistrate however adjourned the matter till 20th of September, 2021 for further hearing.