The police on Thursday arraigned a 40-year-old lawyer, Emmanuel Adebayo, in an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly defrauding a woman of N500, 000.
Adebayo is charged alongside Emmanuel Okah, 39 and Bode Olaogun, 29, with four counts of charge of conspiracy, obtaining by false pretences, stealing and forgery.
The Prosecution Counsel, Insp. Donjour Perezi, told the court that the defendants committed the offence on May 13, in Alapere area of Lagos.
Perezi alleged that Adebayo collected N500, 000 from the complainant, Mrs Christy Effiong, to procure a survey plan for her, a representation he knew was false.
He alleged that the Adebayo, gave Olaogun N120, 000 to prepare a fake plan .
Perezi alleged that Adebayo gave the complainant a forged approved survey plan after engaging his services for one from the Surveyor General’s office.
“The complainant took the survey plan to the Surveyor General’s office only to discover that it was fake,” the prosecutor said.
He said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 287, 314(1), 365 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos, 2015 (Revised).
Nigeria News Agency reports that Section 314 stipulates 15 years imprisonment for obtaining by false pretences, while Section 365 carries three years jail term for forgery.
The Magistrate, Mrs Bukola Mogaji, admitted the defendants on bail in the sum of N100,000 each with two sureties each in like sum.
Mogaji ordered that Adebayo must deposit his Call to the Bar certificate to the court’s registrar.
She adjourned the case until Sept. 25 for trial.