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Police waited for him to exchange marriage vows before arresting him over N1m theft

Police waited for him to exchange marriage vows before arresting him over N1m theft

Luck ran out of a 37-year-old ex-banker, Aliu Mustapha, after he was arrested on his wedding over an alleged theft of N1m.

Mustapha, an ex-marketing officer of Addosser Micro-Finance Bank Plc, was dragged Thursday, before an before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for the offence.

The defendant a resident of No. 8, Oremeji St., Lagos, is facing trial on a charge of stealing preferred against him by the police. He however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.


[penci_blockquote style=”style-2″ align=”none” author=””]“Mustapha was arrested on Aug. 11, during his wedding after the police got information that he was getting married.[/penci_blockquote]

The prosecutor, Sgt. Samuel Mishozunnu, told the court that the defendant committed the alleged offence between May and June 2017, during working hours, at No. 32, Lewis St., Lagos Island.

According to him, the defendant allegedly committed the offence while working with Addosser Micro-Finance Bank PLC.

Mishozunnu said that the defendant collected the N1million from a customer of the micro-finance bank but refused to remit it to the bank.

“One of the customer’s gave the defendant N840, 000 and another customer gave him N160, 000, but the accused absconded with the money.


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“Mustapha was arrested on Aug. 11, during his wedding after the police got information that he was getting married.

“The police waited for him to exchange his marriage vows after which he was apprehended and charged,” Mishozunnu said.

The counsel to the defendant, Mr M. A. Rufai, urged the court to grant his client bail on most liberal terms.

In his ruling, the magistrate, Mr. Y.O. Aro-Lambo, granted a N200, 000 bail to the defendant with two sureties in like sum.

He said that one of the sureties must be a community leader, and must show evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government and have their addresses verified.

The case was adjourned until Sept.11 for trial.


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