One Bidemi Opeyemi, was Wednesday arraigned before an Ikeja Magistrates’ court sitting in Lagos State for allegedly stealing N85, 000 from his friend after hypnotizing him.
The 39-year-old man allegedly committed the offence in July at Iju-Ishaga, Lagos.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Eruada Victor told the court that the accused, who resides at No. 19, Fagba, Iju- Ishaga Road, Agege, Lagos, is facing a two-count charge bordering on stealing.
The prosecutor alleged that the accused hypnotized and took the Automated Teller Machine, ATM card of his friend, one Usman Danjuma, and used it to transfer N85, 000 to his own account.
He said, “ Danjuma, the complainant was surprised to get an alert of withdrawal from his account, so he quickly rushed to the bank to inquire about what happened.
“Danjuma reported the case to the police and the accused was traced to his house, where he was arrested.
“The offence contravened sections 285 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011,” Victor said.
The accused person pleaded not guilty.
The Chief Magistrate, G.O. Anifowoshe, granted the accused N100, 000 bail with two sureties, ruling that the sureties must be gainfully employed and also show evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
Anifowoshe adjourned the case till February 21, 2017 for trial.