38-year-old man, Ugochukwu Enemuo, has been arraigned before an Ebute Meta Magistrate’s Court, Lagos State, for allegedly duping his friend, Oruche Ejike, of N3m.
Enemuo, was accused of falsely claiming that he could help Ejike in importing motorcycles from his supplier in Japan. He was said to have failed to import the motorcycles after collecting the N3m.
The complainant was said to have trusted him based on their long friendship, and gave him an initial deposit of N3m to help in importing 1,200 pieces of 4GL red motorcycles.
It was alleged that immediately Enemuo got the money, he disappeared and had been on the run since February 29, 2012, when he collected the money.
It was said investigations revealed that the defendant did not have any foreign contact and had been in the habit of making false claims to collect money.
The police arraigned him on two counts of obtaining under false pretence and stealing on Thursday.
The incident was said to have occurred at Apapa area of Lagos.
The charge read in part, “That you, Ugochukwu Enemuo, m, on the 29th day of February, 2012, at about 1250hrs, at Skye Bank Plc, Warehouse road Apapa Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, with intent to defraud did obtain the sum of Three million naira (N3,000,000) from one Oruche Ejike, m, under the false pretence that you will supply him 1,200 units of 4GL model of red motorcycles, a representation you knew to be false.”
The prosecutor, Sergeant Cousin Adams, said the offences were contrary to Sections 312(3), 285(a)(b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State Nigeria, 2011.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges and elected to be tried.
The magistrate, Mrs. M. O. Tanimola, who stood in for the presiding magistrate, Mr. K.O Ogundare, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.
The matter was adjourned till September 25 for mention.
Posted by Salmon Abiodun