Trader, 41, charged with defrauding traders of N800, 000

Trader, 41, charged with defrauding traders of N800, 000

A 41-year-old trader, Opeyemi Taiwo, who allegedly obtained some goods on hire purchase from five traders worth N795, 500 and failed to pay back, was on Thursday brought before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court.

Taiwo, who resides in Abule Egba area of Lagos, is facing a two-count charge of stealing and obtaining money under false pretences.

Prosecutor Mathew Akhaluode told the court that the accused committed the offences on Dec. 18, 2016 in Agege area of Lagos.

He alleged that the accused obtained the goods from the complainants — Ola Monsurat, Olatunji Esther, Saheed Ojo, Ola Ganiyat and Ogbenusi Rasheedat, on hire purchase.

“He obtained some drinks, gallons of groundnut oil and garri from the complainants that he would pay back after selling the items.

“Instead of remitting the money, the accused converted the money to her own.”

The offences contravened Sections 285 and 312 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 285 stipulates three years for stealing, while Section 312 prescribes a 15-year imprisonment for obtaining money or goods under false pretences.

The Magistrate, Mrs Y.R. Pinheiro, granted the accused bail in the sum of N500, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

She said the sureties must be gainfully employed and should show evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

The case was adjourned to Feb. 27 for mention. (NAN)

A 41-year-old trader, Opeyemi Taiwo, who allegedly obtained some goods on hire purchase from five traders worth N795, 500 and failed to pay back, was on Thursday brought before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court.

Taiwo, who resides in Abule Egba area of Lagos, is facing a two-count charge of stealing and obtaining money under false pretences.

Prosecutor Mathew Akhaluode told the court that the accused committed the offences on Dec. 18, 2016 in Agege area of Lagos.

He alleged that the accused obtained the goods from the complainants — Ola Monsurat, Olatunji Esther, Saheed Ojo, Ola Ganiyat and Ogbenusi Rasheedat, on hire purchase.

“He obtained some drinks, gallons of groundnut oil and garri from the complainants that he would pay back after selling the items.

“Instead of remitting the money, the accused converted the money to her own.”

The offences contravened Sections 285 and 312 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 285 stipulates three years for stealing, while Section 312 prescribes a 15-year imprisonment for obtaining money or goods under false pretences.

The Magistrate, Mrs Y.R. Pinheiro, granted the accused bail in the sum of N500, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

She said the sureties must be gainfully employed and should show evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

The case was adjourned to Feb. 27 for mention. (NAN)

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