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31 Jul 2017

Driver arraigned for ‘failing to pay after wining and dining’

A driver, Sunday Lawal, who allegedly obtained three bottles of Hennessy and food valued at N75,000 from a bar attendant under false pretences, has been arraigned at an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.
The accused, 33, who lives at Bola Ajibola Street, Ikeja, Lagos is standing trial on a two-count charge of obtaining under false pretences and breach of peace.

He pleaded not guilty.

The prosecutor, Raji Akeem, told the court that the accused committed the offences on July 9, at Royal Club, Oba Akran Avenue, Ikeja.

He said the accused fraudulently obtained three bottles of Hennessy and food for himself and his friends at the club on the pretext that payment would be made after eating and drinking.

Akeem said the complainant, Oluwaseyi Joseph, alleged that when he approached the accused and his friends to pay after eating, they started giving flimsy excuses.

The prosecutor said the accused claimed there was a problem with his ATM card and he did not have enough money to pay for the drinks and food.

He said Joseph told his manager that the accused and his friends refused to pay their bill.

Akeem said the manager notified the police, who arrested Lawal and took him to the station for questioning.

The offences contravene sections 166 and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The Magistrate, Mr. T.O Shomade, granted the accused bail at N50,000 with one surety in like sum.

He adjourned the case till August 9 for mention.

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