Officers of the Lagos State Police Command have arrested a site manager, Rasaq Yusuf, for allegedly stealing money belonging to his client.
Newsmen gathered that Yusuf’s client, Sharafa Oyeniyi, paid him the sum of N430,000 to construct a gate and get other materials for his house.
It was learnt that Yusuf failed to render the service for which he was paid and he could not produce the money.
Oyeniyi said efforts to get a refund had proved abortive.
He said, “Yusuf started working on my building site three months ago. I gave him the sum of N430,000 for the purchase of the gate and other materials. He used his friend’s account to collect the sum of N200,000, claiming that the owner of the account was the welder that wanted to construct the gate.
“Whenever I asked for the delivery of the job, he kept giving me excuses until I found out that he had converted the money to his personal use.”
Upon interrogation by the police, Yusuf, however, claimed that he was defrauded.
The Ogun State indigene said, “I did not give the welder any money; I did not give anybody money at all. I was defrauded by some people who claimed that they were into the sale of land. I was told that they wanted to sell land to me and I didn’t know they were fraudsters.
“I didn’t tell my client before I gave his money to the fraudsters. I know that I stole his money and converted it to my personal use.”
The 30-year-old was arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on three counts bordering on breach of peace and stealing.
The police prosecutor, Inspector Koti Aondohemba, said the offences contravened sections 168 (d), 287 (7) and 280 (b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.
The charges read in part, “That you, Rasaq Yusuf, on August 15, 2018, around 2pm, at 49 Iyalla Street, Mushin in the Lagos Magisterial District, did conduct yourself in a manner likely to cause breach of peace.
“That you, Rasaq Yusuf, on the same date, time and place at the aforesaid magisterial district, did steal the sum of N430,000 belonging to one Sharafa Oyeniyi.”
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him before the presiding magistrate, Mrs O. A. Tanimola.
The magistrate adjourned the matter till January 7, 2019.