The police on Tuesday arraigned a 33-year-old man, Ifeanyi Akachukwu, before an Apapa Magistrates’ Court, Lagos for allegedly obtaining N570,000 from a businessman, Mr Emmanuel Ezeh, under false pretence.
The accused, a resident of Apapa area of Lagos, was arraigned on a two-count charge of conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretences.
The prosecutor, Insp. Tony Elibeh, told the court that the accused person obtained the money from the complainant on the pretext of assisting him to waive the demurrage on his goods at the ports.
Elibeh said that the accused, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, committed the offences on Dec. 28, 2016 at Wharf area of Apapa, Lagos.
He alleged that Akachukwu conspired with others now at large to obtain N570,000 from the complainant with a promise to assist him waive demurrage on his goods – a representation he knew was false.
The prosecutor said that the accused, who had no intention of assisting Ezeh, converted the money to his own personal use.
Elibeh said that when the complainant did not get any feedback from Akachukwu, he decided to confront him and demand for his money.
The prosecutor alleged that the accused, who had spent Ezeh’s money, started giving excuses and refused to repay when asked to do so.
He said that when the complainant got tired of the excuses, he reported the matter to the police and the accused was arrested for further questioning.
Elibeh said that the offences contravened sections 314 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 314 prescribes a 15-year jail term for obtaining money under false pretences.
The Chief Magistrate, Mr Titus Abolarinwa , granted the accused person bail in the sum of N200,000, with two sureties in like sum.
He adjourned the case until June 28 for mention.