Two businessmen: Nkem Basil, 35, and Casmir Chimezie, 35, on Monday appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, charged with fraudulently obtaining N4.5million under false pretences.
The defendants, whose house addresses were not provided, are being tried on a three-count charge of conspiracy, obtaining money under false pretences and stealing.
The prosecutor, ASP Peter Nwagwu, said that the defendants committed the offences sometime in July in Ikeja, Lagos State.
He alleged that the defendants fraudulently obtained N4.5million from the complainant, one Mr Emmanuel Amasialu, under the pretext of being agents to a car dealer.
The prosecutor said that the defendants allegedly promised to help Amasialu to purchase a car from the United States.
“After the complainant had paid them the money, they were nowhere to be found.
“Efforts made by the complainant to get the car or retrieve his money from the defendants proved unsuccessful as they refused to pick up his calls.
“The complainant reported the matter to the police and the defendants were arrested,” he told the court.
He said that the alleged offences contravened Sections 287, 314 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Section 287 carries three years’ imprisonment for stealing.
It also stipulated that Section 314 attracts 15 years for obtaining money under false pretences for any convicted offender.
The magistrate, Mrs Y.O. Aje-Afunwa granted the defendants bail in the sum of N800,000 each with two sureties each .
Aje-Afunwa in her judgment also held that the sureties, who must be gainfully employed, must also show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government (LASG).
The magistrate adjourned the case until Nov. 26 for mention.(NAN)
Edited by Kevin Okunzuwa/Peter Dada