Busayo Ayedun, a 24-year-old student at the Lagos State Polytechnic in Ikorodu, is undergoing trial before a Yaba Magistrate Court for allegedly robbing CD Care Limited of products and money worth more than N900,000 in Lagos.
The defendant is charged with eight counts that include crime, fraud, deceit, pretence, stealing, forgery, and false representation as well as purposeful and unlawful conspiracy.
The police prosecutor, Inspector Godwin Oriabure, told the court that the accused committed the crime between July 10, 2021, and October 31, 2021, around Adenike Street, in the Fadeyi area of the state.
The charges read in part: “That you, Busayo Ayedun, and others at large, between July 10, 2021, and October 31, 2022, between 8 am to 6 pm at Adenike Street, Fadeyi, Lagos State, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did deliberately and unlawfully conspired among yourselves to deceive and defraud CD Care Limited of goods valued at N911,709, 84.”
Oluwatobi Odukoya, a sales agent for the company who testified for the prosecution, described how the crime was perpetrated by saying that Ayedun ordered three items for N638,706,000 online on the days in question: a Samsung Galaxy A12, an iPhone 12 mini, and a Binatone standing fan.
Odukoya said that Ayedun also demanded a refund of a payment she allegedly made to the business and received an amount of N273,003,81.
He also said that Ayedun had placed all of the orders under three distinct names: Wahab Adeyemo, Ayedun Ibiyemi, and Shoberu Michael.
Odukoya claimed that she was approached through email by the company after it discovered that it had been cheated and that all the payments Ayedun claimed to have made with bank statements and payment receipts were fraudulent.
Odukoya said Ayedun did not show up, adding that the company reported to the police who arrested her and retrieved one of the phones.
In her defence, Ayedun said she paid some of the money using her roommate’s point-of-sale machine, adding that all the details were in the phone retrieved by the police.
She added: “I live in a school in Ikorodu with my roommate. My school is Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu.”
The Chief Magistrate, O. A. Salawu ordered the accused to retrieve evidence of payment from her roommate’s PoS machine with dates and present them before the court during the next trial.
Salawu adjourned the case till January 26, 2023, for cross-examination and continuation of trial.