When Mr Abimbola Anthony (52) took the job to construct a septic tank for Titilayo Lawal, he probably did not imagine business going awry.

After charging his client and getting an upfront payment of 15,000 naira, Anthony failed to fulfill the terms of the agreement.

After a while, with no refund and no soak-away, Titilayo approached the police and got him arrested.

On Friday he appeared before an Ota Magistrates’ Court in Ogun state where he pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Chudu Gbesi, said that his offences contravened Sections 249(d) and 390(9) of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun, 2006.

The Senior Magistrate, Mr S. O Banwo, admitted the accused to bail of N70, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

Banjo said that the sureties must reside within the court jurisdiction and should be gainfully employed.

He ordered that the sureties should swear to an affidavit of means and produce evidence of tax payment to Ogun Government.

The magistrate also said that the sureties must submit four recent passport photographs to the court and their addresses should be verified by the police.

The case was adjourned till March 27 for hearing.