By Kennedy Mbele.
The manager of a petrol station operated by an independent marketing firm and located at Kola, Alagbado area of Lagos State, Oluwaseun Samuel, has been dragged before an Ikeja Magistrate Court, sitting in Ogba, Agege by the police, to explain the circumstances surrounding her alleged failure to deposit the company’s money totaling N1,763,000 into its account as had always been their practice.
The complainant, Akindele Yemisi, told the police on February 5, that the suspect failed to remit the money being proceeds from sales of the company’ petroleum products for three days.
Prosecutor Mike Unah said the alleged offence was contrary to Sections 409 and 285 (7) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos Nigeria 2011. The suspect pleaded not guilty to the charge and was granted bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties while the matter was adjourned to March 1, 2017.
Meanwhile, police sources quoted Samuel as claiming that she was duped by money doublers. According to sources, she allegedly ran into a ‘fake prophet’ while trying to make up for some shortages she had incurred from sales, totaling N230,000. “The ‘prophet’ reportedly prayed and prophesied to her after which they asked her to bring items such as candle, table water and salt for more prayers. This, she did alongside the money”, one of the sources said.
“Upon her presentation of the items and the money, over N1million, around Ajala bus stop in the area, the ‘prophet’ prayed for her and asked her to put the money in a box, lock it with a pad lock and take it home with a promise that when she opens the box the following morning, that amount she locked inside the box would be doubled.
“But, on opening the box the following morning, the lady reportedly saw no money inside it but, a live tortoise”.