A 55-year-old estate agent, Sunday Taiwo, on Wednesday appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court for allegedly duping accommodation seekers of N455,000
Taiwo, whose address is unknown, is charged for stealing and obtaining money under false pretences.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge.
According to the Police prosecutor, ASP Benson Emuerhi, the defendant allegedly obtained the sum of N256,000 and N190,000 from one Eric Omolaja and one Aishat Mustapha respectively.
This was on the pretext of renting out a two-room apartment which he allegedly knew to be a false transaction.
Emuerhi told the court that the defendant committed the offences on Dec. 3, 2020 at 10.00 a.m, at No. 7, Fatimoh Lane, Iju Ishaga, Lagos.
The prosecutor submitted that the defendant stole the N455,000 from the complainants after he failed to secure the accommodation as promised.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs J.A.Adegun granted the defendant N100,000 bail with two sureties in like sum.
Adegun ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed and have evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the alleged offences contravene sections 287 and 314 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2015.
NAN reports that obtaining money under false pretences is punishable with 15 years’ imprisonment while stealing attracts three years’ in jail upon conviction.
The Magistrate adjourned the case until March 29 for hearing.(NAN)
Feb. 24, 2021 @ 13:40 GMT