Lagos, March 15, 2019 A land speculator, Paul Parker, on Friday appeared in  an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly duping a businessman of N3 million.

The police charged Parker, 53, whose address was not given, with two counts of fraud and stealing.

The Prosecutor, Insp Ingobo Emby, told the court that the defendant committed the alleged offence on April 15, 2013, at 10.52 a.m., in Lagos.

Emby alleged that the defendant fraudulently obtained N3 million from the complainant, one Mrs Omolola Akinyemi, under the pretext of selling a piece of land situated at Awowu Street Mushin, Lagos, to her.

He said that the defendant collected the money from the complainant but did not hand over the land to her.

The prosecutor said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 280 and 314 (1a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The defendant, however, denied the charge.

The Magistrate, Mr Ibrahim Bakare, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N800, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

Bakare ordered that the sureties must show evidence of tax payments to the Lagos State Government and have their addresses verified.

He adjourned the case until April 15 for mention.