A marketer, Ogbonna Anya, who allegedly obtained N425, 000 from a trader under false pretences on Thursday appeared before an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on a two-count charge.
Twenty-six-year-old Anya, whose address was not provided, was charged with obtaining by false pretences and stealing.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty.
The police said that Anya obtained N425, 000 from one Mr Joseph Ogiri under the false pretences of purchasing gallons of palm oil for him but failed to buy the goods.
He said that the defendant committed the offences at Mile 12 Market in Ketu, Lagos, in June 2018.
The Prosecutor, Sgt. Lucky Ihiehie told the court that the complainant (Ogiri) reported the case at the Mile 12 Police Post.
He said that since June 2018 the defendant did not purchase the palm oil for the complainant and did not return the money, in contravention of Sections 285 and 314(1)(b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The Magistrate, Mrs E Kubeinje admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N200, 000 with two sureties who must be gainfully employed and produce evidence of tax payment.
The case was adjourned till April 1.