The police in Ogun on Tuesday arraigned two men, Adeniyi Tunde, 33, and Salawu Jamiu, 38, for alleged N1.6 million fraud.
The defendands are being tried on a two-count charge of fraud and obtaining money under false pretences.
They, howeve, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Prosecutor, Sgt. Abdulkareem Mustapha, told the court that the defendants committed the offences with some others still at large from Dec. 2018 to Feb. 2019 behind Sango-Ota garage, Ota.
Mustapha said that the defendants collected 121 bags of foreign rice valued N1.6 million under false pretences from the complainant , Mr Aminu Fatai.
“The defendants promised to pay back after selling the 121 bags of rice, but instead of fulfilling the agreement, they converted the money to their personal use, ” the prosecutor said.
He said that the offences contravened Sections 390 and 516 of the Criminal Code, Law of Ogun, 2006.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Mathew Akinyemi, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N400,000 with two sureties each in like sum.
Akinyemi said that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and be gainfully employed.
He added that the sureties should show evidence of tax payments to the Ogun Government.
The case was adjourned until July 27 for mention.