A 30-year-old man, Frank Igwe, was Wednesday dragged before a Yaba Chief Magistrate Court in Lagos State for allegedly using fake Nigerian currency to pay a commercial sex worker for her 'services'.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Ibijoke Akinpelu, told the court that the accused, of an unknown address, committed the offence on March 17 at about 2:00 a.m. at Standard Hotel, No. 11, Olokodana St., Bariga, area of the state.
The prosecutor said, "The accused had taken the sex worker to the hotel and after they had enjoyed themselves paid her with some fake money.
"She immediately noticed that the money had no serial numbers and held on to him until the hotel manager alerted the police.
"The accused was searched and another five pieces of N1, 000 notes were found on him.
"The offence contravened Section 370 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011."
The accused, who is facing a charge of unlawful possession of fake currency, pleaded not guilty.
In his ruling, the Chief Magistrate, Mr. A. F. Adeeyo, granted the accused bail in the sum of N20, 000 with two responsible sureties in like sum.
Adeeyo ruled that the sureties must be gainfully employed and should also show evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government.