Carpenter in court over alleged N230, 000 fraud
Lagos, April 29, 2019 A 43-year-old Carpenter, Adewale Abolarin, who allegedly defrauded his customer of N230, 000 on the pretext of constructing his furniture, was on Monday brought before a Yaba Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
Abolarin, whose address was not provided, is facing a two-count charge of stealing and obtaining by false pretence.
Police Prosecutor, Sgt. Godwin Oriabure, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on Feb. 1, at Okobaba area of Ebute-Meta, Lagos.
He told the court that the defendant and the complainant had agreed on N230, 000 being the total sum for the furniture.
“As soon as the defendant was paid the entire sum and confirmed receipt of the money, he kept giving excuses for not supplying the furniture.
“My Lord, he even went further to deceive the complainant by showing her another customers’ furniture that was not made by him, claiming he had started construction work on the complainant’s furniture,” he said.
According to him, the offences contravene Sections 287 and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015. (Revised)
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the offences.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 287 prescribes a three-year jail term for the offence of stealing, while obtaining by false pretence carries 15 years, upon conviction.
The Magistrate, Mrs Oluwatoyin Ojuromi, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
Ojuromi said that both sureties must be gainfully employed with their addresses verified by the court.
She ordered that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and should show evidence of three years tax payments to the Lagos State Government.
The case was adjourned until April 30, for mention.