Ikeja, April 24, 2019 A 39-year-old estate agent, Adebayo Adeniyi, who allegedly defrauded an accommodation seeker, was on Wednesday brought before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.
Adeniyi, who resides at No. 56, Hassan Ogunmola St., Ahmaddiya, Ifako-Ijaiye, Lagos State, is facing a three-count-charge bordering on obtaining under false pretences and stealing.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Police Prosecutor, Sgt. Michael Unah, told the court that the defendant obtained N430,000 from one Mr Omowale Alashe with a promise to provide accommodation for, but failed.
Unah said that the defendant committed the offences on Oct.9, 2018, at 1.00 p.m., at Ahmaddiya.
He said that the defendant cheated the complainant by tricking him to pay N430,000 into his account with an assurance of getting him an apartment.
“The complainant paid the defendant the sum of N430,000 for a two-bedroom apartment, but he bolted with the money.
“All efforts to collect the money from the defendant proved abortive,” he said.
According to him, the offences violate Sections 287 and 314 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015, (Revised).
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that stealing is punishable with three years’ imprisonment, while false pretences attracts 15 years’ jail term.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr A.A. Fashola, granted the defendant N100,000 bail with two sureties in like sum.
Fashola said that the sureties must be gainfully employed and possess evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
The magistrate adjourned the case until May 9 for mention.