Bread seller jailed for spending fake naira note

An Ogba Magistrates’ Court on Thursday convicted and jailed a 27-year-old bread seller, Ifeanyi Osuohae, for spending fake N1,000.

The magistrate, Mr A. A. Fashola, sentenced the Imo state indigene after he pleaded guilty to the charge.

He was, however, given the option to pay N50,000 as fine.

The convict was earlier arraigned by the police on one count.

PUNCH Metro had reported that the convict was caught with fake naira notes, totalling N2,000.

A police prosecutor, Mike Unah, had told the court that the convict committed the offence on June 11 around 1.30am on Akerele Street, Agege, Lagos.

Unah had said Osuohae boarded a taxi and paid his fare with a fake N1,000 note, adding that after the driver checked the N1,000 note, he found out that the money did not have the CBN governor’s signature.

It was reported that the driver quickly drove to the nearest police checkpoint and alerted the cops on duty, who searched the convict and found another fake N1,000 note on him.

Unah had said the offence contravened Section 372 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Upon being arraigned, the accused pleaded guilty and begged for mercy, saying he was not aware that the notes were counterfeit.

In his judgment, Fashola said he would be lenient with the convict because he readily owned up to the offence without wasting the time of the court.

The magistrate subsequently sentenced Osuohae to one year’s imprisonment which would run from June 11, 2018, when he was arrested.

He was, however, given the option to pay N50,000 as fine.

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