Nigerian man charged with ATM card theft

A 40-year-old man, Emmanuel Ogheneare, who allegedly stole an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card under false pretence, was on Monday arraigned in  an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in  Lagos.

Ogheneare, whose address was not given, is standing trial on a three-count charge of conspiracy, stealing and fraud.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Okete Ejime, told the court that the accused committed the alleged offence on Feb. 7, 2016, at 3:40p.m., in Lagos.

He said that the accused conspired with others still at large to fraudulently obtain a First Bank ATM card with No. 36782266408, belonging to Mrs Mabel Agbale.

Ejime said that the accused pretended to assist Mrs Agbale to withdraw some cash, and  instead, swapped the ATM card with an intention to commit a crime.

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The prosecutor said that the accused stole the ATM card and used it to withdraw N830, 000.

“The money stolen belonged to Agbale,’’ the prosecutor said.

He said that the offence contravened Sections 285, 404 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The accused, however,  pleaded not guilty to all the three –count  charge.

The Magistrate, Mrs G. O. Oghire, granted the accused  N100, 000 bail with two sureties in like sum.

She said that the sureties must show evidence of  one year tax payment to the Lagos State Government, must be gainfully employed and their addresses must be  verified.

The case was adjourned till March 30 for mention.


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