28th March, 2012
A 41-year-old mother and her two daughters were on Tuesday arraigned before an Ogudu Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly defrauding a man via the internet.
The accused are Esther Okuinosa, Founder and Pastor, Peace of the God Word Gospel Church, 10, Sewo Street, Ibafo in Ogun, and her daughters, Chika Felix, 20 and Ifeoma Felix, 21.
Chika and Ifeoma, both students, live at 1D ,Chairman’s House, Irawo in Ikorodu, Lagos State.
The trio are facing a three-count-charge of conspiracy, fraud and stealing.
The prosecutor, Cpl. Kemi Adeniran, told the court that the accused persons fraudulently collected N4.2 million from one Nonso Ajas, under the pretext of buying him laptops.
“The complainant, Nonso Ajas, knew Chika through the internet and they started dating. Chika told Nonso her aunty deals in laptops.
“Chika asked Nonso to send some money to her in order to help him buy laptops at cheaper rates, which he did,” Adeniran said.
The prosecutor also told the court that the complainant paid into Chika’s account N4.2 million for the said laptops.
“It was when the police traced Chika that they found she was conspiring with her sister and mother to perpetrate the crime,” Adeniran said.
She said that the offence, which was committed between July 2010 and March 2012 at Ikorodu, contravened Sections 323, 312, 419 and 360 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Lagos State.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges and were granted bail in the sum of N100,000 each with two sureties in like sum.
Chief Magistrate YetundeAje-Afunwa adjourned hearing in the case till April 23.