Businessman lands in prison for duping partner N10m




Paul Iyoghojie

A 42-year old businessman, John Evwiekpamare, alias Governor, has been arrested and arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate Court for allegedly obtaining the sum of N10 million from his partner, Samuel Udoh under false pretence.

A Police source alleged that the Assistant Inspector General of police, AIG in charge of Zone 2 Command, Lagos, Mr Haruna Ibrahim directed a team led by Inspector Idowu Kolawole to arrest the accused following a petition by Udoh.

Governor was charged before an Igbosere Magistrate Court on a three-count charge of felony to wit, obtaining money under false pretence and stealing.

Police counsel, S. Molo informed the court in charge No L/40/2018 that the accused committed the alleged crime on 17 January, 2016 at 22, Oremeta Street,Oregun, Lagos.

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Molo told the court that the complainant reported to the police that the accused, his business partner collected the sum of N10 million from him to invest in a business with a promise to refund the money to him at an agreed time, but that he was shocked the accused converted the money to his use and failed to refund the money till date.

According to Molo, the complainant decided to report the matter to the police when all his efforts to recover the money from the accused proved futile.

He added that the offences the accused committed were punishable under sections 314, (1)(a)(2)(3), 287 and 321(b) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

Governor, however, pleaded not guilty to the alleged offence and Magistrate M.O Okpe Agbe granted him bail in the sum of N5 million with two sureties in like sum.

Okpe Agbe adjourned the case till 27 June, 2018 for mention and ordered that the defendant be kept at the Ikoyi Prison, Lagos till he fulfilled the bail conditions.