A 45-year-old businessman, Adeshola Temowo, was on Tuesday brought before an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, for allegedly obtaining N4.5 million on the pretext of supplying charcoal.
Temowo, whose address was not given, however, pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge of conspiracy, obtaining money under false pretences and stealing.
The prosecutor, Insp. Lucky Ihiehie, said that the defendant committed the offences in October 2018 in Ikeja.
Ihiehie said that the defendant obtained N4.5 million from one Dr Sammy Olaniyi on the pretext of supplying him three containers of charcoal, which he failed to do.
“The complainant contacted the defendant, who claimed to be dealing on charcoal, to supply him charcoal worth N4.5 million.
“After the defendant collected the money, he refused to supply the goods, but converted the money to his personal use.
“After much pressure on him to either supply the good or refund the money, the defendant blocked all contacts the complainant could use to reach him.
“The complainant reported the case, and the defendant was arrested after attempts to track him down,” the prosecutor said.
According to him, the offences contravene Sections 287, 314(2) and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 287 stipulates three years’ jail term for stealing, while Section 314 attracts 15 years’ imprisonment for obtaining money under false pretences.
The Magistrate, Mrs Ejiro Kubeinje, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N1 million with two sureties in the like sum.
Kubeinje said that the sureties must be gainfully employed.
The case was adjourned until Aug. 27 for mention.