Police Charge Worker To Court With Criminal Diversion For Paying Self Salary Arrears

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Barely one week after a female accountant was arrested for
paying herself salary arrears and retirement benefit owed her by her employer,
a civil engineer has also been arrested for doing the same thing in Lagos
State, western Nigeria.
The police at Shasha division arrested Engineer Adewunmi
Adeniyi and charged him before Magistrates’ court, Ejigbo for paying himself
salary arrears owed him by his employer.
The 32-year-old Adeniyi was employed as a site engineer by a
company known as JEDALAG Nigeria Limited located at 22, Vamako Plaza in
Akowonjo area of Lagos.

P.M.News gathered that after Adeniyi was employed as a
staff, the management started owing him arrears of salary for months. This
amounted to over N500,000, despite the fact that the company was making huge
sums of money through contracts.
The management was regularly paying the casual workers but
ignored the regular members of staff.
According to Adeniyi, he decided to pay himself part of the
money they owed him and resigned because he had no future if he continued to
work there.
He said out of the N6m the management entrusted him to pay
workers at the site, he deducted N311,000 as part of his N500,000 salary
arrears and paid the rest to the workers at the site.
When he decided to quit the job, he presented a statement of
payments and his name among those he paid.
The management became angry and asked him to refund the
money and he refused and asked them to deduct it from his arrears of salary
they were owing him and give him his balance.
The management went to the police and reported that Adeniyi
criminally diverted the money entrusted to him.
He was arrested and taken to the station at Shasha division.
Adeniyi told the police that he was not a criminal and
informed them that the management gave him about N6m to pay workers which he
did and also paid himself because they were owing him too.
The police charged him to court with criminal diversion
under the Criminal Code.
He pleaded not guilty.
The presiding Magistrate, Mrs J. O. E. Adeyemi granted
Adeniyi bail in the sum of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.
He was remanded in prison custody in Kirikiri pending when
he will perfect his bail.
The matter was adjourned till 24 September, 2015.

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