The police in Ondo State has dragged a 36-year-old teacher, Emmanuel Ogunbameru, to court for allegedly defrauding one Oluwasegun Ehinmosan of N760,000.
The teacher, whose address was not given, was arraigned before an Okitipupa Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ondo State on Thursday, on a two-count charge bordering on felony and advance fee fraud.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Philip Akinlosetu, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N200,000 and a surety in like sum.
Akinlosetu said the surety, who must reside within the court’s jurisdiction, must also show and present evidence of two years tax payment made to the state government.
He adjourned the case till Oct. 26 for further hearing.
Earlier, the Police Prosecutor, Insp Ayodeji Omoyeigha, told the court that the defendant and one other, still at large, on April 17 around 10.00am at No. 96, Ikoya road, Okitipupa in Okitipupa magisterial district, committed felony.
He said the defendant fraudulently obtained the sum of N760,000 from Ehinmosan under the pretence of helping him to buy some goods but did not do so.
According to Omoyeigha, the offences are contrary to Sections 516 and 419 of the Criminal Code, Cap. 37, Vol. I, Laws of Ondo State, 2006.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against him.
Meanwhile, a yet-to-be-identified young man has been rescued by bystanders from committing suicide in the Lekki area of Lagos State.
The video, which has gone viral on the internet, was shared by a social media platform, X user @victorhouston16.
The video showed that the man attempted to hang himself using a noose tied to a banner hanging on a bridge.
Suicide cases in the country have been on the rise.
The report cited a 2019 World Health Organisation (WHO) report ‘‘Suicide in the World: Global Health Estimates’’, indicating that Nigeria has become one of the epicentres of suicide in the world, with a suicide estimate of 17.3 per 100,000.
According to the report, this is higher than the global (10.5 per 100,000) and Africa (12.0 per 100,000) estimates.