Mother, Son Docked For Fraud

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A 62-year-old woman, Mrs. Esther Inyang and her son, Daniel Inyang, 27, have been arraigned before an Ebute-Metta Magistrate’s Court, Ebute-Metta, Lagos, Southwest, Nigeria, on a three-count charge of conspiracy, fraud and stealing.

The woman and her son were alleged to have fraudulently obtained the sum of N3.5 million from a businessman, Darlington Agomuo, of Orbit Communication and Business Centre Limited, under the pretext of transacting business with him.

Assistant Superintendent Police, Mr. Jack Asuquo and Sergeant Ajala Ebi, the prosecuting police officers, told P.M.NEWS that the mother and son followed the complainant to AZSA Micro Finance Bank at. 37, Osolo Way, Ajao Estate, off Murtala Muhammed International Airport Road, between the month of June and July, 2011, to collect the money.

 

They said after the accused collected the money from the complainant, they did not contact the businessman again until when they were arrested by the police.

Count two of the charge reads: ” that you Esther Inyang and Daniel Inyang and others now at large between June and July 2011, at AZSA Micro Finance Bank, 37, Osolo Way, Ajao Estate, off Murtala Muhammed International Airport, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did obtain the sum of N3.5m from Darlington Agomuo of Orbit Communication and Business Centre Limited, for a business venture, a representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 419 of the Criminal Code Cap. 17, Vol. 2, Laws of Lagos state of Nigeria, 2003.”

The offence, Ebi said, was punishable under Sections 516, 419 and 390, of the Criminal Code Cap. C17, Vol. 2, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003.

Both the mother and son pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Mr. T. O. Abolarinwa, the presiding magistrate of the court granted them bail in the sum of N150,000 with two sureties each.

The sureties, Abolarinwa ordered, must show to court evidence of three years tax receipt to the Lagos state government, means of livelihood and must be residing within the magisterial district, while their addresses must be verified by the court’s prosecutor.

The was adjourned till 31 August, 2011, for mention.
By Paul Sanusi

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