Nigeria: Fashion designer is brought before the Abuja Police for stealing a friend’s N4 million
By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria
Oyetola Mofunrayo, a fashion designer who is 23 years old, was arraigned on Thursday in an Abuja Kado Grade I Area Court for stealing N4 million from a friend on her birthday.
Mofunrayo, of Ochacho Estate, Idu, Abuja, was charged by the police with criminal misappropriation, cheating, and breach of trust.
However, the defendant did not enter a plea to the charge.
Mr. Stanley Nwafoaku, the prosecution counsel, stated that the complainant Miss Jennifer Ephraim’s LEO Attorney Solicitor received a written petition against Oyetola Mofunrayo on May 20 at approximately 4:30 p.m.
Nwafoaku claimed that the complainant received N4 million as a birthday present at Moscos Lounge Abuja on August 24, 2022.
He claimed that the complainant immediately instructed her personal assistant, Mary John, to hand over the money in a nylon bag to the defendant for safekeeping.
Miss Ephraim denied receiving any cash gift wrapped in nylon from the personal assistant, despite the police alleging that she called Mofunrayo the following day to bring the money to her.
He stated that the defendant admitted during the police investigation that he had the personal assistant’s phone, which was also in the nylon bag that contained the cash gift.
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Charity Nwosu, the defense attorney, made an oral bail application, citing Section 36 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and Section 158 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act of 2015 to reassure the defendant that if bail was granted, the defendant would not jump bail.
However, Nwafoaku did not object to the defense counsel’s request for bail.
The defendant was granted bail in the amount of N2 million and one surety in the same amount by Malam Muhammed Wakili, the judge.
Wakili stipulated that the surety must submit a valid identification card, a recent passport photograph, and a printout of the BVN for verification by the court registrar.
The matter was put on hold by the judge until July 10 for a hearing.