A 34 -year-old fashion designer, Gabriel John, charged with defrauding a woman of N900,000, was on Wednesday in Lagos hauled up before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court.
The defendant, who resides at Gbagada, Lagos, was arraigned before Magistrate M.O Tanimola on a two-count charge of stealing and obtaining money under false pretences.
John, however, denied committing the offences and was admitted to a bail of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Tanimola said that the sureties should be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
Police Prosecutor, Insp. Aondohemba Koti, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on Jan. 13, at Mushin, Lagos.
He said that the defendant presented himself to be an American Embassy agent to defraud Miss Elizabeth Eromosele of her money.
“The defendant collected the money from the complainant to help her process Canadian visa after claiming he is an agent of American Embassy,”Koti said.
The prosecutor said that after the money was paid into the defendant’s account, he ran away to unknown location.
“The defendant disappeared with the complainant’s money and efforts made by her to get her money proved unsuccessful, as the defendant refused to pick up her calls.
“He was later arrested and handed over to the police,” the prosecutor said.
The offences violate sections 287 and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 287 stipulates three years imprisonment for stealing while section 314 prescribes 15 years for obtaining money under false pretences.
The case was adjourned until April 24 for mention. (NAN)
Calabar Carnival: Ayade Preaches Humanity, Seeks End To Wars
Nanono Seeks Partnership With Beyond Oil Initiative Nigeria
Nigeria Has The Potentials To Be Food Sufficient In Three Years – Tedheke
Obaseki Celebrates With Oba Of Benin On 3rd Coronation Anniversary
‘Delayed Hearing Atiku’s Supreme Court Case, Worrisome’
85th Birthday: Gowon, A Unique Nigerian Hero — Lawan
Fire Razes 300 Shops In Santana Market In Benin
COLUMNS15 hours ago
A New Muhammadu Buhari
COVER STORIES5 hours ago
Why NSCDC Can’t Recruit Now – CG
CRIME7 hours ago
JUST-IN: Assistant Police Commissioner Kidnapped In Kaduna
NEWS15 hours ago
UK, NEPC, Seal Deal To Boost Export Trade In Nigeria
NEWS17 hours ago
A’Ibom is a Peaceful State, Says Army General
Others15 hours ago
7 Persons Die In Obaseki’s Convoy Accident In Edo
BUSINESS5 hours ago
How Waste Management Is Creating Cash Cows For Entrepreneurs
BUSINESS5 hours ago
CG’s Adhoc Team Intercepts Rice, Vehicles Worth N62m In One Month