By Onozure Dania
Lagos—For allegedly defrauding a prospective land buyer of N120,000, 79-year-old Titus Olumide was recently sentenced to two years imprisonment by Magi-strate A. T. Omoyele of an Ikeja Magistrate’s Court, sitting at Ogba, Lagos.
Magistrate Omoyele convicted Olumide after finding him guilty of a two-count charge of obtaining money under false pretence and stealing, which are contrary to and punishable under Sections 419 and 390 (a) of the Criminal Code Cap C17 Vol. II Laws of Lagos State, 2003.
The court sentenced him, last Friday, to two years in jail on each count or an option of returning the N120,000 to the complainant, one Mr. Kola Adeniyi. The convict went home a free man after he paid the N120,000 to Adeniyi.
Olumide was arraigned by the police on September 12, 2011 following a complaint by Adeniyi. He was then granted bail in the sum of N50,000, with two sureties in like sum.
The prosecutor, Sergeant Cyriacus Osuji, had told the court that the convict committed the offences on July 19, 2002 at 1, Ikeoluwa Fatade Street, Baruwa, Lagos.
He said Olumide claimed to be in possession of a land at Baruwa, a representation he knew to be false.