Austin Akekuano arrested after incurring a dud cheque worth N2.5million for hotel bills in Lagos

Austin Akekuano has been arrested for allegedly issued a dud cheque for the payment of his hotel bills to the management of Capital Unique Afrique Ltd in lagos.

The said FCMB dud cheque amount worth two million, five hundred thousand naira only,after the accused was asked to pay for the hotel bills.

Capital Unique Afrique management presented it in the bank for payment, it was rejected on the ground that there was no money in the account.

It was gathered that the accused was arrested on the order of the Divisional Police officer, DPO in charge of Bar Beach Division, Victoria Island, CSP Olusegun Ajamolaya following a complaint by the Management of Capital Unique Afrique Ltd that the accused lodged in their hotel and incurred the hotel bills of N2.5million and instead of paying in cash, he allegedly issued a dud cheque for the payment.

Mr Akekuano was later arrested for the alleged crime, charged him before an Igbosere Magistrate Court on a two-count charge of felony to with issuance of dud cheque, disclosed that the offences he committed were punishable under sections 411 and 321(b) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2015.

Police Counsel, Ajaga Agboko informed the court that Akekuano committed the alleged crime on 18 September 2017 in an hotel where he lodged at 20 Oju Olobun Street, Victoria Island, Lagos being managed by Capital Unique Afrique Limited and incurred bills totaled N2.5million.

The Police Counsel said when the accused was asked to pay for the hotel bills, he issued the cheque and when the complainant presented it in the bank for payment, it was rejected on the ground that there was no money in the account.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge and Magistrate R.O Davies granted him bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum who must have proof of tax payment to the Lagos State Government

Davies adjourned the case till 26 April 2018 for mention and ordered that the defendant be kept at Ikoyi Prison, Lagos till he perfects the bail conditions.

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