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South Africa returnee jailed for fraud

An Igbosere Magistrates Court, Lagos, last Friday, sentenced a South Africa returnee, Valentine Thomas, to one year imprisonment for defrauding an Uber taxi driver of N30,000.

Magistrate A. A. Adetunji, however, gave the convict an option of returning the N30,000 and spends only nine months in prison.

Thomas, 28, of no fixed address, was arraigned on November 30, 2016 on a one count charge of theft contrary to Section 313 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

He pleaded not guilty to the charge but was convicted after seven months of trial.

Prosecuting police officer, Sergeant Friday Mameh, told the court that Thomas on November 28 last year at about 1:17 p.m. hired an Uber cab at Lekki to take him around Eti-Osa local government area of the state.

They agreed on a fee of N30,000 for a ride of between 1:17 p..m and midnight.

“Thomas told the driver, Adeboye Mayowa, that he was a South Africa returnee and was looking for a hotel to lodge.

“Along the way, he ordered the driver, to stop at a hotel at Oniru and ordered for food at the restaurant.

“He also invited two girls to join him, but failed to pay for the meals,” Mameh told the court.

Source: Robert Egbe

The Nation