The trial of a cyber cafe operator, Emeka Anuguo, charged with impersonating a JAMB official and defrauding candidates who wrote the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination, UTME, was stalled on Thursday.
The Magistrate, Mrs O. G. Oghre, was absent in court.
Anuguo was first arraigned on May 5 at an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, on a two-count charge of fraud and impersonation.
He pleaded not guilty and was granted N100, 000 bail.
At the last adjournment on June 22, hearing was also stalled following the absence of two JAMB officials – Sunday Aladegbaye and Badaru Jubril – who reported the case.
Police Prosecutor, Insp. Okete Ejime, had said that the accused committed the offences between May 1 and May 30 at No. 7, Ojora Road, Ikoyi, Lagos.
He said the Anuguo deceived and cheated 70 JAMB candidates by collecting the sum of N3, 000 each from them.
The accused claimed the money was meant for change of age, courses, institutions and to also generate Remittal Code for them.
The prosecutor added that the accused obtained the money without the consent of JAMB officials and also impersonated a JAMB official.
The offences contravened Sections 323 and 376 (2) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.