The Prosecutor told the court that the accused, who entered a ‘not guilty plea’, committed the offence in November 2015.
A 59-year-old bureau de change owner, Mohammed Hassan, was on Friday charged before an Apapa Magistrates’ Court, Lagos for allegedly obtaining N2.1 million from a businessman, Kenneth Ngidi, under false pretense
Hassan, a resident of Ajegunle area of Apapa, Lagos, is facing a three-count charge of obtaining money under false pretenses, breach of peace and stealing.
The Prosecutor, Sgt. Olusegun Kokoye told the court that the accused, who entered a ‘not guilty plea’, committed the offence in November 2015 at Apapa.
Kokoye said that Hassan obtained N2.1 million from the complainant with a promise to give him the dollar equivalent the following day, a representation he knew was false.
The prosecutor said that the accused who had no intention of assisting the complainant to change the money, converted it to his own personal use and started avoiding him.
He alleged that when Ngidi went to the accused’s shop the following day he discovered that it was locked.
Kokoye said that the complainant claimed that all efforts made to reach Hassan on phone proved abortive.
The prosecutor said that when the complainant did not get any feedback after a week, he became very worried and decided to report the matter to the police.
“The complainant said that the police traced the accused to his apartment, where he was arrested and taken to the police station for further questioning, “Kokoye said.
He said the offence contravened Sections 168, 287 and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).
The Magistrate, Mr M. A Etti, granted the accused N200, 000 bail with two sureties in like amount and adjourned the case until July 7 for mention.
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