Car dealer faces N1.2m fraud charge

Egunjobi said the accused collected N1.2 million from the complainant, Mr Abiola Lasisi, on the pretext of getting him a car of his choice, which he never did.

A criminal in handcuffs

Adalemo, who resides at Adetola Street, Ijaye, a suburb of Lagos, pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge of stealing and obtaining money by false pretence  preferred against him.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Yomi Egunjobi,  told the court that the offences were committed sometime in 2015 at Ijaye, Ojokoro, Lagos.

Egunjobi said the accused collected N1.2 million from the complainant, Mr Abiola Lasisi, on the pretext of getting him a car of his choice, which he never did.

The prosecutor said that the accused also refused to refund the money  to Lasisi when it was demanded.

Adalemo, he added,  later started avoiding Lasisi while all efforts to trace him failed until he was recently sighted by the complainant who effected his arrest through the police.

The offences, Egunjobi said, contravened Sections 285 and 312 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 285 prescribes three years jail term for stealing, while Section 312 stipulates 15 years for fraud.

The Magistrate, Mrs M. O. Osinbajo, in her ruling, granted the accused N500,000 bail with two sureties in like sum.

Osinbajo adjourned the case  till May 15 for mention.

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