In Lagos: Businessman docked over alleged N22m fraud

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A criminal in handcuffs

The prosecutor alleged that the defendant obtained 55,000 pieces of female clothes at the rate of N400 each, all valued at N22 million.

A businessman, Moritz Ani, who allegedly swindled his friend of goods worth N22 million, was on Thursday, November 2, arraigned in an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.

Ani, 37, whose residential address was not given, is facing trial on a five-count charge bordering on conspiracy, fraud, stealing and breach of peace.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Francis Igbinosa, told the court ‎that Ani and others still at large, committed the alleged offences between 2004 and 2008, at No. 9, Debo Ani, Omole Estate, and Suite A103, Ikota Complex, Victoria Island, Lagos, respectively.

He said that the defendant obtained goods under the pretext of selling and remitting the proceeds to the complainant, one Hilary Ugo, but failed to do so.

He alleged that the defendant obtained 55,000 pieces of female clothes at the rate of N400 each, all valued at N22 million.

Igbinosa said that the defendant also stole  car and land documents, international passport, and bank cheque booklets, all belonging to the same complainant, Ugo.

According to the prosecutor, the offences contravened Sections 166, 287, 314 and 411 of (d) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The defendant, however, denied committing the offences, while the Magistrate, Mrs O. Kusanu, granted him bail in the sum of N100,000, with two sureties in like sum.

The case was adjourned until November 24 for mention. 



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