Lagos frozen fish seller docked for alleged N3.9m fraud

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A frozen fish seller, 55-year-old Tawa Kollington, on Thursday appeared before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly obtaining N3.9 million frozen fish under false pretences.

Kollington, whose address unknown, is facing a two-count charge of stealing and obtaining money under false pretences.

She pleaded not guilty.

The prosecutor, Insp. Roman Unuigbe, told the court that the accused committed the offences in December 2014 at 4, Rowland St., Alakuko, a Lagos suburb.

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Unuigbe said Kollington obtained cartons of fish valued at N3.9 million, property of Mr Lawrence Olowokere with the promise to pay by installment.

“He sold the cartons of fish, but refused to pay as promised since 2014.’’

According to the prosecutor, the offences contravene Sections 285 and 312 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 285 provides two years, while Section 312 prescribes 15 years imprisonment for false pretences.

In her ruling, the Magistrate, Mrs O. A. Erinle, granted the woman bail in the sum of N400,000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case till Oct. 5 for trial.