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Lagos, March 12, 2019 A 58 -year-old estate agent, Solomon Olakunle, who allegedly defrauded an accommodation seeker of N630, 000, on the pretext of procuring her a three-bedroom apartment, on Tuesday appeared  before an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court.

Olakunle, who resides at Oworonshoki area of Lagos, is facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, stealing and obtaining by false pretences.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The prosecution alleged that the defendant and others still at large obtained N630, 000 from Mrs Busayo Balogun, with a promise to secure a three-bedroom apartment for her, but failed.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Lucky Ihiehie, told the court that the defendant committed the offences at noon on Dec. 20, 2017, on Okemu Street, Oworonshoki.

“The accused obtained N630, 000 under false pretences from the complainant with a promise to lease out a three-bedroom apartment to her and her kids.

“The complainant later discovered that the accused deceived her when she found out that he was unnecessarily delaying and giving flimsy excuses and had no apartment to lease out,” the prosecutor said.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the alleged offences violate Sections 287, 314 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

Section 314 prescribes a 15-year jail term for obtaining by false pretences, while Section 287 stipulates a three-year imprisonment for stealing.

The Magistrate, Mrs E. Kubeinje, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N200,000 with two  sureties in like sum.

Kubeinje ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed and have evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

The magistrate adjourned the case until April 10 for mention.

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