Man docked over alleged failure to pay N304,500 hotel bill

A 21-year-old man, Justice Ikeocha, on Thursday appeared before a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, for allegedly accumulating N304,500 while lodging in a hotel and refusing to pay.

Ikeocha is facing two counts of obtaining by false pretences and incurring debt by false pretences.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The prosecutor, ASP Ben Ekundayo, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on January 25 at Jada Sport Bar, Sanusi Fafunwa Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Ekundayo said that the defendant lodged at the Sport Bar for three days, incurred a bill of N254,500 for the services rendered and paid N90,000 with a promise to pay the balance, which he failed to do.

He said that the defendant also collected N140, 000 from the bar’s POS operator and refused to pay.

The prosecutor said that the case was reported at the police station leading to the arrest of the defendant.

Ekundayo said the offences contravened Sections 314(1)(a) and 315(1)(a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that both sections attract N15 years jail term for offenders.

Magistrate M.A. Owumi granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Owumi adjourned the case until February 29 for mention. 

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