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Estate agent faces N1m fraud charge



An estate agent, Sunny Okey, appeared before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly defrauding a woman of one million naira.

Okey, 45, who resides at No. 31, Harmony Estate, Lamgbasa in Ajah, Lagos, is facing trial on a two-count charge of fraud and stealing.

The Prosecutor, Sgt. Cyriacus Osuji, told the court that the defendant committed the offences between November, 2018 and May, 2019 at Road 3, Shop E 294, Ikota Shopping Complex in Ajah.

Osuji said that the defendant fraudulently obtained one million naira from one Georget Macauly, under the pretext of renting a shop for her.

“The defendant promised the complainant that the former occupant of the said shop would vacate the premises by January 2019 and asked her to pay for the shop.

“The complainant made the first payment of N700, 000 then paid the balance of N300, 000 to occupy the shop as promised by the defendant.

“When the complainant got to the shop, the former occupant was still in full possession, meanwhile the defendant has absconded,” Osuji said.

He said the defendant was apprehended, following a tip-off.

The offences contravened Sections 287 and 314 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

The Magistrate, Mrs M.F. Onamusi, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N200, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

Onamusi said that one of the sureties must be a blood relation of the defendant.

She said that the sureties must have means of identification and show evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

The case was adjourned until Oct. 8 for mention.


Edited by Tayo Ikujuni/Silas Nwoha