A secondary school teacher, Abayomi Abdul, has been arrested for allegedly defrauding his students of N500,000.
The 49-year-old teacher was brought before an Ikeja Magistrates court on Thursday, February 22, for allegedly obtaining N500,000 from 14 students under false pretences.
According to News Agency of Nigeria, Abdul who teaches at Mercy Secondary School, Lagos state, allegedly obtained money from the students of the school on the pretext of registering them for Junior School Certificate Examination.
Abdul is facing a three-count charge of breach of peace, obtaining money under false pretences and stealing.
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The Prosecutor in charge of the case, Mike Unah, told the court that the accused committed the offences sometime in May 2014. He said: “The teacher, who had no intention of registering the students as promised, converted the money to personal use.”
“ When the school authority did not get any feedback from the accused, he was confronted and told to refund the money.”
“The accused, however, failed to refund the money. The case was reported to the police and the accused was arrested for further questioning.’’
Magistrate, A.O. Gbajumo, granted the accused bail in the sum of N300, 000 with two sureties in like sum. She said the sureties must be gainfully employed and also show evidence of three years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
Gbajumo adjourned the case to Monday, March 6 for mention.
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