A serving member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Oyo State, Ukanwa Ikechukwu, has been arraigned before an Iyaganku Magistrates’ Court for allegedly swindling a police officer of N235,000.
Ikechukwu was charged before the court on Friday, April 14, 2023, by the police with false pretence and theft.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Prosecution Counsel, Insp Olufemi Omilana, told the court that Ukenwa, on Dec. 4, 2022, at about noon with intent to defraud, allegedly obtained N235,000 from ACP Modupe Okpaleke.
Omilana said Ukenwa, who studied physiotherapy and was attached to the Police Cottage Hospital, Eleyele, Ibadan, collected N235,000 from Okpaleke and fraudulently converted the money to his own use.
The police said that ACP Okpaleke, while seeking medical solutions to her leg problem at the Police Cottage Hospital, Eleyele, Ibadan, was introduced to Ukenwa, who recommended that she buys a bicycle.
He said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 390 (9) and 419 of the Criminal Code Laws of Oyo State 2000.
Magistrate M. I. Giwa-Babalola admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Giwa-Babalola adjourned the matter till May 25 for hearing.