- A teacher in Alagbado area of Lagos reportedly defrauded four students of their WASCE fees totaling N151,000
- He was subsequently charged to court and slammed with a five-count bordering on stealing and obtaining money under false pretence
- The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges and was granted bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum
A teacher, Olakunle Oladeji, 33, who allegedly defrauded four students of their West African School Certificate Examination (WASCE) fees totaling N151, 000, was on Wednesday, August 15, arraigned in an Ikeja magistrates’ court, Lagos.
The accused, who resides at No. 38, Ewupe Road, Sango Alagbado, a suburb of Lagos, is facing a five-count bordering on stealing and obtaining money under false pretence.
The prosecutor, Inspector Abiola Adewale, said Oladeji committed the offences sometime in March 25, 2017 and April 25, 2017, at Rapid Bright Tutorial Centre at No. 18, Arigbanla St., Alagbado, Lagos.
He said the accused, who presented himself as a West African Examination Council official collected N151, 000 from the four students on the pretext of assisting them to register for WASCE.
“Oladeji fraudulently collected various sums from four students on the pretext that he would register them for the examination and converted the money to personal use,” the prosecutor told the court.
Adewale said that the accused collected the money from Mubarak Lawal, Sheun Adegboye, Blessing Oderinde and Damilola Yusuf, and had failed to refund the money after deliberately swindling them.
The offences contravened sections 287 and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos state, 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 314 prescribes 15 years jail term for obtaining money under false pretence.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges, and the magistrate granted him bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Salawu adjourned the case till October 9, for mention.
NAIJ.com previously reported that Omananyi Yunusa, a lecturer in the Department of Geology, of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger state, was sacked by the management over his involvement in the sexual harassment of a female student of the institution.
Lydia Legbo, the deputy director, information and publications of the university, in an interview said the dismissal of Yunusa followed the outcome of an investigation into the alleged sexual assault on a female student in the department who took a course taught by the lecturer.
The dismissal was approved during the University Council’s 131st meeting presided by the vice chancellor, Abdullahi Bala, after the investigative panel found Yunusa guilty of inappropriate relationship with the student.
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