by Isi Esene
Lukman Aminu, a 37-year-old has been arraigned before an Ijeshatedo Magistrate Court for allegedly stealing his company’s recharge cards worth about N13.4m.
Aminu was said to have conspired with one, Tunde Martins, who is now on the run, to steal MTN, Globacom and Etisalat recharge cards worth the said amount.
The fraud was reportedly discovered by the company’s accountant who raised an alarm when the suspect could not account for the cards and its money equivalent when due.
The case was reported to the police at Ijeshatedo division and Aminu and Martins were arrested. But Martins fled when he was granted bail.
While explaining what happened to the missing cards, Aminu said, as the company’s representative, he sold the cards on credit to Martins who refused to pay when he was supposed to.
Aminu who pleaded not guilty to the crime admitted that the company had warned them not to sell cards on credit to customers but he did this because Martins was a good customer. He said the company worsened the situation when it decided to declare the cards stolen.
The presiding Magistrate, Mrs A O Gbajumo, granted him bail in the sum of N200, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
The matter was adjourned till 29 April.
Martins’ surety, Nureini Olanrewaju, has, however, been arrested for not producing the accused in court as promised. Olanrewaju, who is Martins’ in-law, was accused for perversion of justice.