Lagos - An Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Tuesday convicted Oladele Olulowo, an official of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Ikeja branch, of theft.
Magistrate F.O. Davies-Abegunde found Olulowo guilty of stealing N607,500 and ordered him to repay the money or otherwise `face full sentence’.
The defendant, who resides at Oke-Odo area of Agege in Lagos, was first arraigned on March 4, 2011 on three counts of conspiracy, fraud and stealing.
The magistrate said that the defendant, who had pleaded not guilty to the charges when earlier arraigned, was found guilty on counts one and three.
``It appears to me and with the circumstances of this case that the defendant conspired with the two people at large to collect the money,’’ Davies-Abegunde said.
She said that the defendant was guilty as charged and must refund the money in order to get a lighter sentence.
``If he pays the money he will get a lighter sentence,’’ the magistrate said.
The prosecutor, Insp. Peter Nwangwu, told the court during the trial that the defendant allegedly committed the offence on Nov. 5, 2010 in Lekki, Lagos.
He said that Olulowo conspired with two others still at large and obtained the sum of N607, 500 from one Mrs Bunmi Idowu, under the pretext of supplying diesel to her.
Nwangwu said that the defendant did not supply the product and did not refund the money to the woman.
The prosecutor said that the offences committed contravened Sections 409, 285 and 419 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Lagos State.
Magistrate Davies-Abegunde adjourned the case till Aug. 10 for sentencing.