Hotel lodger faces N1.7m unsettled bills charge

One Oluwaseyi Owoeye has pleaded not guilty to a charge of obtaining under false pretences.

32 year old man in court for stealing mobile phone.

The accused, who resides at Ajiwe in Ajah area of Lagos State, is standing trial on a charge of obtaining under false pretences.

The prosecutor, ‎Insp. Ingobo Emby, told the court that the accused committed the  offence between November 2013 and March 2014 at Dover Hotel at Lekki Phase 1 in Eti-Osa Local Government Area.

He said  the accused lodged in the hotel for five months and accumulated bills to the tune of N1.7 million which he  refused to pay.

“The bill was for the services rendered to the accused for the period of five months he lodged in the hotel,” Emby said.

According to him, the offence contravenes Section 313 (a) of the  Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the section stipulates a 15-year jail term for offenders.

The accused, however, pleaded innocence of the offence.

The Magistrate, Mr Martins Owumi, in his ruling, granted the accused bail in the sum of N300,000 with two sureties in like sum.

He said the sureties must be gainfully employed and also show evidence of three years’ tax payment ‎to the Lagos State Government.

The case was adjourned to March 27 for mention.

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