A 42-year-old school principal, Machael Diekola has been arraigned before an ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court on Monday, May 16, for allegedly defrauding his school to the tune of N1.2 million. He is the principal at a private school, Queen Diana College, Oke Odo, Abule Egba, in Lagos state.

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It was revealed by Insp. Clifford Ogu, the prosecutor, that the accused who resides at 8, Alirat Badejo Street, Oke Odo, within the state, collected N1.2 million from students claiming that they had been enrolled for the West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination, WASSCE.

“The accused bolted with the money and all efforts to locate him were unsuccessful until he was sighted by one of the teachers and was immediately apprehended. The offences violated Sections 285 (1) and 312 (1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.” Ogu said.

However, Mr. Diekola pleaded not guilty.

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In her ruling, the Chief Magistrate, Mrs Taiwo Akanni, granted the accused bail in the sum N500, 000 with two sureties who can also afford the same amount.

Mrs. Akanni thereafter adjourned the case to June 6, ordering the accused to pay N250, 000 into the court’s Chief Registrar’s account as part of the bail conditions.



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