Trader pleads guilty to defrauding students of N136,000 WAEC fees, remanded in prison

A 50-year-old trader, Sam Favour, was on Wednesday remanded in Kirikiri Prisons after pleading guilty to defrauding some students of WAEC fees to the tune of N136,000.

An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court which gave the ruling, said the convict should remain behind bars pending sentence.

Favour was accused of collecting N136,000 from four students on the pretext of assisting them to register for the West African School
Certificate Examination.

The accused, who resides at No. 12, Akinwale St., Alakuko, a suburb of Lagos, is facing an eight-count charge bordering on stealing and obtaining under false pretences.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Victor Eruada had earlier told the court that the accused fraudulently collected various sums from four students on the pretext that he would register them for the WAEC.

The accused, instead, converted the money to personal use, he said.

Eruada alleged that the accused collected N31,000 from Benedict Membis, N35,000 from Okorocha Christianah, Ainiete John and Samuel Okunowo respectively.

He said the accused committed the offences sometime in December 2017 at his residence.

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The offences contravened Sections 287 and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The Magistrate, Mrs M.I. Dan Oni adjourned the case until May 16 for facts and sentence.

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