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Polytechnic lecturer charged to court for alleged N1.93m theft

A polytechnic teacher has been arraigned before an Iwo Road Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, to tell all he knows about an alleged forgery and theft of N1.93million belonging to his employers.

The police, on Wednesday, charged the polytechnic teacher, Popoola Waheed, 46, before the court on a three-count of conspiracy, theft, and forgery.

Police prosecutor, Sunday Ogunremi, told the court that the accused and others now at large, stole ‎N1,925,233,67 belonging to the Oke-Ogun Polytechnic Saki, in Saki magisterial district, between August 2016 and January 2017.

Ogunremi also told the court that the lecturer, and others at large, forged the signature of one Mrs. Dolapo Omolola Ade‎niji of the same institution to withdraw salaries amounting to the said sum.

The offences, according to the prosecutor, were punishable under section 516,390(9)(6) and 467 of the Criminal Code, Cap 38vol. II Laws of Oyo State, Nigeria 2000. But the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr. Taiwo Oladiran, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N500, 000 and two sureties in like sum.

Chief Magistrate Oladiran also ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed and be resident within the Ibadan magistrate district. They must also worth at least N500,000 each.

The case was adjourned till July 7, 2019, for hearing.

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