Man In Court For Issuing Dud Cheque Of N2.5Million To Pay Hotel Bills

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One Austin Akekuano has been arrested and arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate Court for allegedly issuing an FCMB dud cheque valued at N2.5 million to the management of Capital Unique Afrique Ltd for the payment of the hotel bills.

According to P.M.Express, the accused was arrested on the order of the Divisional Police officer, DPO in charge of Bar Beach Division, Victoria Island, CSP Olusegun Ajamolaya following a complaint by the Management of Capital Unique Afrique Ltd that the accused lodged in their hotel and incurred the hotel bills of N2.5million and instead of paying in cash, he allegedly issued a dud cheque for the payment.

The accused was charged before an Igbosere Magistrate Court on a two-count charge of felony to with issuance of dud cheque.

Police Counsel, Ajaga Agboko informed the court that Akekuano committed the alleged crime on 18 September 2017 in an hotel where he lodged at 20 Oju Olobun Street, Victoria Island, Lagos being managed by Capital Unique Afrique Limited and incurred bills totaled N2.5million.

Agboko said when the accused was asked to pay for the hotel bills, he issued the cheque and when the complainant presented it in the bank for payment, it was rejected on the ground that there was no money in the account.

Akekuano was later arrested for the alleged crime.

Agboko disclosed that the offences the accused committed were punishable under sections 411 and 321(b) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2015

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge and Magistrate R.O Davies granted him bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum who must have proof of tax payment to the Lagos State Government

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