A car dealer, Ademola Adeosun, who allegedly swindled a man of N3.47million on Monday appeared in an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for stealing.
Adeosun, 39, who resides at No. 35B, Abisogun St., Ogba in Lagos, is charged with two counts of obtaining under false pretence and stealing.
The police prosecutor, Insp Raphael Donny, told the court that Adeosun committed the offence between June and November 2018 in Ogba area in Lagos.
Donny alleged that the accused fraudulently collected N3.47 million from the complainant, one Mr Oluwasegun Adebowale, to help purchase a Lexus RX 350 2010 model car, a representation he knew was false.
“Adeosun diverted the money to his personal use after he promise the complainant to deliver the car before the end of 2018.
Donny said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 287 and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) reports that section 287 stipulates seven-year imprisonment for stealing, while Section 314 prescribes a 15-year jail term for false pretence.
Adeosun, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Magistrate, Mrs B. O Osunsanmi, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N400, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
Osunsanmi ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
The case was adjourned the case until April 24, for hearing. (NNN)
Edited by Debo Oshundun/Sadiya Hamza
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