Complainant’s absence stalls N39.7m fraud trial

The defendant, whose residential address was not given, is facing trial before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, on a two-count charge of fraud and stealing preferred against him.



By Chinyere Omeire
Lagos, Feb.14, 2019 (NNN) Trial of a 38-year-old self-acclaimed building contractor, Dehinbo Olatunji, accused of obtaining N39.7 million under false pretences, was on Thursday stalled due to absence of the complainant in court.

The defendant, whose residential address was not given, is facing trial before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, on a two-count charge of fraud and stealing preferred against him.

When the case came up for trial, the complainant was absent and the Magistrate, Mrs Folashade Botoku, could not proceed.

Botoku granted the defendant bail of N1 million with two sureties in like sum.

The magistrate said that the sureties must be gainfully employed and show evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government which must be verified.

She then adjourned the case until March 25 for mention.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Ibrahim Haruna, had earlier told the court that the defendant committed the offences sometimes in June 2018 at Wasimi, Maryland in Lagos.

Haruna said that Olatunji obtained N39.7 million from the complainant, Emmanuel Sunday, under the guise of using the money to complete a building project for him, but failed to do so.

The prosecutor said that the money was paid into the defendant’s Zenith Bank account.

The offences contravene Sections 287 and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015. (NNN)
Edited by Edwin Nwachukwu/Olagoke Olatoye

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