Businessman docked for alleged N19m scam

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A 45-year-old businessman, Chukwuma Ibe, on Wednesday appeared in an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly obtaining 3,285 cartons of assorted wine, valued at N19 million on false pretext.

Ibe, whose address was not provided, had pleaded not guilty to a two-count charge of obtaining by false pretence and stealing.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Abiola Adewale, had told the court that the accused committed the offences between March and May 2017, at Daraina Nigeria Ventures, Apapa, Lagos.

Adewale said that the accused fraudulently obtained 3,285 cartons of assorted wine valued at N19 million from one Ahmed Ariyo, on the pretext of paying after sales.

The prosecutor said that the accused intentionally swindled the complainant and failed to pay after the sales of the wine.

He said the offences contravened sections 287 and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 314 prescribes 15 years jail term for obtaining money under false pretence.

The Magistrate, Mr W. A. Salami, granted bail to the accused in the sum of three million Naira with two sureties in like sum.

He adjourned the case until Sept. 1, for mention. (NAN)

Biola Lawal

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