A 47-year-old businessman, Abdulfatai Adewale, on Friday appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court over alleged 4.4 million Naira petrol fraud.

The police officer in charge of the case, Insp. Simeon Imhonwa told the court that Mr. Adewale collected the money and promised to supply fuel Mr. Imam but never did. Rather, he converted the 4.4 million Naira for his own use.

To make matters worse, Adewale also issued a dud Zenith Bank cheque with number 26430724 to the tune of 4.4 million Naira in favour of Mr. Imam.

“The cheque was dishonoured on presentation due to insufficient funds in the account,” he said.

Imhonwa said Adewale ran away after committing the fraud but was later arrested by the police.

According to the Inspector Imhonwa, who is the prosecutor, the offences contravene Sections 285, 312 and 319 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

Chief Magistrate B.O. Osunsanmi granted the accused bail in the sum of 400, 000 Naira with two sureties in like sum.

She said the sureties must be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

The case has been adjourned until June 17.