0il Dealer, Female Accomplice Arraigned Over N3.6m Fraud

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Paul Iyoghojie

A businessman, who claimed to be an oil dealer, Christopher Ayodele has been arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate Court for allegedly conniving with one Mrs Omotolani Tokunbo, 42 to obtain the sum of N3,658,546 from one Alhaji Abdulazeez Tijani with the promise to supply him black oil, but instead, allegedly converted the money to their use.

Also charged with him for the same alleged crime was Tokunbo.

Ayodele, a resident of Odogunyan area of Ikorodu, Lagos and Tokunbo were arrested by the operatives of the Force Intelligence Department, Force Headquarters, Lagos and charged before an Igbosere Magistrate Court, on a three count charge of felony to wit, obtaining money under false pretence and stealing.

Police Counsel, Abbass Abayomi told the court that the accused persons committed the offence in April, 2017 at Ijesha, Lagos.

Abayomi said that the accused persons collected the sum of N3,658,546 from the complainant with a promise to supply him black oil, but instead converted the money to their use and escaped before they were arrested at a hideout.

He said that the offences the accused persons committed were punishable under sections 409, 312 and 285 (1) of the criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2011.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the alleged crime in the open court and Chief magistrate A.O Komolafe granted them bail in the sum of N500,000 each with two sureties each in like sum.

Komolafe adjourned the case till 5 February, 2018 for mention and ordered that the defendants be remanded at the Ikoyi and Kirikiri prisons, till they fulfilled the bail conditions.