Suberu Oni (not real name), a plumber in Ekiti, has been released from prison after spending a month and nine days for a failed banking transaction.
In a Twitter post on Wednesday, Headfort Foundation stated that the police in Ekiti arrested Oni on August 1 after he made a point of sale transaction of N40,000 which failed to deliver.
According to Headfort, Oni initially made a PoS transaction of N40,000, but because it failed to deliver, he left for another PoS user, who then accused him of a “fake alert.”
The foundation said that the police arrested Oni after the incident and arraigned him for the offence of defrauding by false pretence on August 3.
Although Oni was granted bail at N50, 000 and a surety, he could not perfect his bail and thus remained in custody, Headfort said.
On August 29, 2022, the magistrate informed the Headfort Foundation in Ekiti of Oni’s case and a lawyer of the foundation took his brief, said Headfort.
The foundation said that on September 9, Oni was produced from custody but the PoS owner did not show up in court just as he had done every other day that the matter had come up in court.
“The prosecutor even added that he spoke with them and intimated them of the hearing of the matter, but they still refused to come to court,” Headfort tweeted.
“Our lawyer applied to the court for the case to be struck out as the PoS owner had no case against him and must have realised they made a mistake and were scared to come to court to say so.
“The Court looked at the file and granted the application. He spent one month and nine days in custody before regaining freedom.”
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