A 60-year-old trader
and a surveyor, 38, were on Tuesday brought before an Agbowa-Ikosi Magistrates’ Court, Ikorodu, Lagos State, for allegedly defrauding their client of N1.6 million.
The duo, Andrew Anago, and Sherrif Ogunlowo respectively, whose addresses were not stated, are facing three counts charge of conspiracy, fraud and theft.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Yomi Egunjobi, told the court that the defendants committed the offences in July 2019 at about 10:00a.m at Imota Town, Ikorodu, Lagos State.
Egunjobi said that the defendants defrauded the complainant, Mr Adekunle Akinola, by collecting his unregistered Honda Civic Salon car worth N1.6 million.
The prosecutor said that the defendants collected the car, supposedly in exchange for a plot of land, fence, foundation and family deed of conveyance to the land.
He said that the complainant, an importer, had approached the defendants who wanted to acquire a piece of land.
The prosecutor told the court that while Ogunlowo, posed as a surveyor, Anago presented himself as the representative of the family to the proposed parcel of land meant for sale.
“The complainant had an agreement with the two defendants that he will give his imported Honda Civic car worth N1.6 million in exchange for a plot of land, cost of fence, foundation, and deed of conveyance.
“Akinola fulfilled his side of the bargain, but the two defendants failed to present him the fenced land as the said parcel of land belonged to someone else,” he told the court.
Egunjobi said that the offences contravened Sections 287, 314 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Section 287 stipulates three years imprisonment for theft.
Section 314 prescribes 15 years imprisonment for fraud, while Section 411 carries two years imprisonment for conspiracy upon conviction.
The two defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Magistrate, Mr A.O Ogbe, granted each of the defendants bail of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Ogbe adjourned the case until Nov. 7 for mention. (NAN)
Edited by Kevin Okunzuwa/Olagoke Olatoye
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