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Estate agent charged with N1.8m land, building materials fraud

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A middle-aged estate agent, Emmanuel Adamson, who allegedly defrauded his customer of N1.8 million on the false  pretences of helping him to buy a half plot of land and building materials, on Thursday appeared before a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

Adamson, whose address was not provided, is facing a two-count charge of theft and fraud.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Ben Ekundayo, told the court that the defendant committed the offences in June 2016, Jan. 25, 2018 and January 2019 at Pankere Area of Abijo Town, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos State.

He said that the defendant collected N1.8 million from one Mr Nnamdi Ugbor, on the pretext of helping him to buy the  land and building materials, but failed.

Ekundayo submitted that Adamson collected N800,000 from Ugbor in 2016, to help him to purchase the half plot of land.

“He later collected N1 million to help him to buy 60 tonnes of granite, 90 tonnes of sand, two tonnes of 16mm, 12mm and 10mm iron rods, and 700 blocks.

“The  defendant converted the money to his personal use and told the complainant, who was not in the country, that he had paid for the land and building materials.

According to him, the offences contravene Sections 285 and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Section 285 stipulates three years’ imprisonment for theft while Section 314 provides for 15 years’ imprisonment for fraud.

The Magistrate, Mrs A.M. Olumide-Fusika, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Olumide-Fusika adjourned the case until Aug. 9 for substantive  hearing

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