A serial fraudster, David Emmanuel, was, last Thursday, remanded in the police custody on the orders of an Akure Chief Magistrate’s court for allegedly duping a youth corps member. Emmanuel was said to have been notorious for duping National Youth Service Corps members and job seekers.

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He was arraigned for allegedly duping one Idowu Temitope of a sum of N750,000. The suspect, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against him. According to the charge sheet brought by the police prosecutor, Tolu Abisagbo, Emmanuel was accused of collecting N120,000 from Temitope under false pretence of securing employment for him at the Department for International Development, DFID.

The prosecution said the corps member also paid Emmanuel a sum of N630,000 with a promise of assisting him to buy two cars from two federal agencies. Abisagbo said the offences committed by the suspect were punishable under Section 516 of the criminal code and laws of the state.

After the suspect’s plea was taken, his counsel, Rosiji Emmanuel, asked the court to grant him bail pending the time the case would be disposed of. The lawyer prayed the court to grant his client bail on the ground that he was presumed innocent until proven contrary.

But the prosecution counsel argued that the accused should not be granted bail because other suspects were still at large, adding that admitting him to bail could influence police investigations. The Chief Magistrate, Sola Adedapo, ordered the suspect to be remanded in police custody till the next date of adjournment