By Bright Bassey
A man, Temitope Ogunwumiju, has been arraigned before an Ebutte-Meta Magistrates’ Court on a four-count charge bordering on stealing and fraud. According to court documents, Ogunwumiju and his fleeing accomplices conspired to forge customs duties documents and produced a company’s stamp of Global Resources Limited. Ogunwunmiju, an unlicensed freight forwarder, was also said to have approached a licensed agent to stamp some documents for purpose of intended fraud.
Also, the suspect was said to have stolen Nigerian Customs Service, NCS, duties charges valued at N694,249.00.
Moreover, the charge sheet also said Ogunwumiju of falsely paraded himself as a lawyer and went ahead to write a petition to the Inspector-General of Police.
The suspect was equally said to have given a false address to a police officer in order to “escape prosecution”.
The prosecution said Ogunwumiju’s offences contravened Sections 363, 285, 378, and 98 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges, following which Presiding Magistrate Olajuwon gave him a N300,000 bail with two sureties in like sum.