4th January, 2022
By Paul Iyoghojie
A Bureau De Change (BDC) agent, Abubakar Salisu, 61, has been arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate’s Court for allegedly obtaining the sum of N2.600, 000 from an army officer (name withheld) under false pretence.
Police alleged that Salisu collected the money from the complainant on the pretext of selling dollars equivalent to him, but that after the defendant collected the money from the officer, he absconded with the money and switched off his phones.
Police further alleged that following the development, the complainant petitioned the Commander of the Police in charge of the Police Special Fraud Unit PSFU Ikoyi, Lagos, CP Anderson Bankole who directed his crack team to arrest the fleeing suspect anywhere he could be found.
The Police team, after several months of intelligence gathering tracked the defendant to a hideout in Lagos and arrested him.
Salisu was charged before the Tinubu Magistrate’s Court, Lagos on a one count charge of obtaining money under false pretence and stealing.
Police Counsel, Amedu Adoga informed the Court in the charge marked A/52/2021 that the defendant committed the offence in June 2021 at Yaba, Lagos.
Adoga told the court that the defendant collected the money from the complainant to sell dollars equivalent to him, but that the defendant instead escaped with the money and switched of his phones before he was tracked and arrested.
Adoga said the offence committed was punishable under section 287 of the criminal law of Lagos State, 2015.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge and Magistrate, MRS K.K Awoyinka granted him N1, 000, 000 bail with two Surety in like sum.
Awoyinka adjoined the case till 28 January, 2022 for mention and ordered that the defendant be kept at the Ikoyi Correctional facility till he perfected the bail conditions.