Man Arraigned In Court For Refusing To Pay After Drinking In Lagos


A man identified as Michael Adams was arraigned before the Yaba Magistrate’s Court, on Wednesday, for allegedly ordering drinks worth N113.000 at a bar in the Shomolu area of Lagos State and refusing to pay.

Adams was arraigned by the police before Magistrate O.Y. Adefope on one count bordering on obtaining and drinking alcohol and others by the pretence that he would pay later.

According to the prosecutor, Haruna Magaji, Adams and his friends entered the VIP section of the bar and ordered drinks, and after drinking, they were given their bill but he refused to pay.

Adams, in his statement, said it was one of his friends, who asked him to order the drinks, who was supposed to pay and not him. However, the said friend fled the bar while Adams was arrested.

Magaji told the court that they committed the crime on December 2, 2023 adding that the offence is punishable under Section 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria.

The charge read, “That you, Michael Adams, on December 2, 2023, around 12.30 am at No 47, Oluwadare Street, Somolu, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did obtain two Martel drinks valued at N90,000; Jameson valued at N10,000; five Powerhorse valued at N7,000; Hollandia yoghurt valued at N2,000; a bottled water valued at N2,600, and two Trophy Stout valued at N2,400, the total value of the drinks obtained from one Naomi, the bartender, is N113,000, only in pretence to pay him the money later and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria 2015.”

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Magistrate, Adefope, granted him bail in the sum of N500.000 with two responsible sureties in like sum.

She adjourned the case till January 17, 2024 for mention.

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