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Lagos Businesswoman docked for allegedly issuing N1.7m dud cheque

Written by Maritime First

…As 2 Abuja businesswomen docked, over alleged N394,000 unpaid hotel bills***

What a man can do, perhaps a woman may do better may soon become a stronger aphorism, as the Police in Lagos, on Thursday arraigned a 35-year-old businesswoman, Omotolani Egberongbe, for allegedly issuing N1.7 million dud cheque to a finance company.

The police also, on Thursday arraigned two businesswomen in a Karmo Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, over alleged inability to pay N394,000 accumulated hotel accommodation bills.

Egberongbe, who resides at Moses Adebisi Street, Alapere-Ketu, Lagos, was charged with issuance of a dud cheque at an Ogudu Chief Magistrates’ Court.

She, however, pleaded not guilty.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Lucky Ihiehie, told the court that the defendant committed the offence in 2018 at Ojota area of Lagos.

Ihiehie alleged that the defendant issued a post-dated Ecobank Cheque No 84803161 for N1.7 million to Davo Nani Micro Finance Company.

He also alleged that the defendant collected loan from the company and gave the cheque, saying that at the expiration of the loan, the finance company found out it was a dud cheque.

“When Davo Nani presented the cheque, it was dishonoured on grounds of insufficient funds,” the prosecutor said.

Ihiehie said the offence contravened Section 321 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Ejiro Kubeinje, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N500, 000, with two sureties in like sum.

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Kubeinje ordered that the sureties should show evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

The case was adjourned until Oct. 23 for mention.

Meanwhile, the police on Thursday arraigned two businesswomen in a Karmo Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, over alleged inability to pay N394,000 accumulated hotel accommodation bills.

The police charged Nwainokpo Isioma,43, and Jennifer Ude,42, who reside in Gwarinpa Estate, Abuja, with three counts of criminal breach of trust, cheating and intimidation.

The Prosecution Counsel, Mrs. Ijeoma Ukagha, told the court that the matter was reported by the complainant, Peter Andrew of Sumed suit, 1st Avenue Gwarinpa Estate Abuja, at the Area command office on July 19.

Ukagha alleged that sometime in May 2019 the defendants lodged into their hotel in Gwarinpa and occupied two rooms at the rate of N9,000 per night.

Ukagha told the court that the defendant fraudulently refused to pay the hotel bills from June to July 19 which accumulated to N394,000.

She alleged that when the complainant asked the defendants for his money they threatened him and refused to pay.

The prosecutor further told the court that during police interrogation the defendants confessed to the allegation.

She said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 312, 322 and 397 of the Penal Code.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Judge, Alhaji Inuwa Maiwada, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N100, 000 each with two reliable sureties in like sum.

He ordered that the sureties must have reasonable means of livelihood and must reside within the court’s jurisdiction.

Maiwada adjourned the case until Oct. 14 for further hearing.



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