In connection with an alleged N2 million scam, an Osogbo Magistrate Court confined 22-year-old Kareem Hammed in the Ilesa Correctional Facility.
The defendant was charged with four counts of potential fraud and theft on Wednesday by the Osun State Police Command.
The defendant, who worked as a POS agent at Olori Area Ikirun, stole N294 000 from his clients between September 10 and 11, 2022, according to police prosecutor ASP Mustapha Tajudeen, who testified in court.
In addition, according to Tajudeen, the accused allegedly stole N40,000 from Opeyemi Sukurat, N200,000 from Sulaiman Zainab, N20,000 from Gbadamosi Kunle, and N34,000 from Onaolapo Yusuf.
He claimed that the alleged offenses violated Section 383 and were punishable by Section 390 of the Osun State Criminal Code Cap. 34 Vol. 11 Law of 2002.
However, Hammed, who was charged with four counts, entered a not guilty plea.
His attorney, Tunbosun Oladipupo, pleaded with the court to release him on bail and pointed out that the offenses qualified as such under the law.
His request for bail was rejected by the police prosecutor.
He said before the court that preliminary inquiry had shown the defendant to be a well-known scammer posing as a POS operator.
He stated that Hammed is not from Osogbo and may escape bail while noting that other complaints were found while he was in police custody.
The defendant was denied bail by the presiding chief magistrate, O.A. Ayilara, who also ordered that he be remanded in custody at the Ilesa Correctional Center.
The case was postponed until October 5 for mention by Ayilara.