The police in Lagos State yesterday, arraigned a 40-year-old man, Keazor Ayoade John, before a Lagos Chief Magistrate’s Court in Igbosere, for allegedly defrauding a former Nigerian boxing champion, Henry Akinwande, of the sum of N58 million.
The defendant, who is a distant cousin of the former champion, was said to have committed the offence at Animashaun area of Alakuko, Lagos, in 2014.
According to men of the Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (FCIID), Lagos, the defendant converted the sum of N40 million, being the proceeds from the sale of a building belonging to the boxer, to his personal use. As well as converting another N10 million, being the proceeds from the sale of fittings and fixtures from Akinwande’s property, also to his personal use.
The offences, according to the prosecutor, Barrister Morufu Animashaun, are contrary to and punishable under section 278(1) of the criminal laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.
Barrister Animashaun told the court that Akinwande, who is a former European, Commonwealth and W.BO boxing champion, personally reported the case against the defendant to General Investigation Section of the FCIID.
Animashaun also told the court that upon receiving the report, the defendant was invited for interrogation and admitted committing the offences, hence he was charge to court after being found culpable.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the two counts charge, when it was read to him.
Based on his not guilty plea, the prosecutor, asked the court for a trial date, and also urged the court to remand the defendant in custody, pending the conclusion of the matter.
However, lawyer to the defendant, Gani Oyerevuegbe, urged the court to discountenance the prosecutor’s remand request against his client.
He told the court that the charges against his client are bail able ones and that his client remains innocent until proven guilty.
After hearing the submissions of both parties, Magistrate Bola Bakara, granted a N2.5 million bail to the defendant with two responsible sureties.
Magistrate Bakare also ordered that the sureties must present to court, evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State government, with standard means of livelihood and must be gainfully employed. And ordered that all documents must be verified by the court’s registrar. He also ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody till the perfection of bail terms.
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