By Onozure Dania

Lagos—The police have charged a 30-year-old lawyer, Stephen Anebere, before an Igbosere Magistrate’s court for alleged impersonation, forgery and stealing of £50,000.

The defendant, who resides at Dominion Court, Ado road, Ajah, Lagos, is standing trial  on a nine-count charge bordering on conspiracy, impersonation, fraud, stealing, cheating, criminal breach of trust and forgery preferred against him by the police.

The prosecutor, Inspector Raji Akeem, told the court that the lawyer and one other  still at large, committed the alleged offences between February 2013 and September 2015.

He said the incident took place at ESCC education at 16 Karimu Ikotun Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Akeem said the defendant falsely impersonated an officer of ESCC education, claiming to be the owner of the institution.

He also said the defendant fraudulently obtained the sum of £50,000 from students of Sunderland University of United Kingdom under the pretext of being the owner of ESCC Education UK in Nigeria.

The prosecutor also alleged that the defendant diverted the said money, property of ESCC Education, Nigeria, affiliated to Sunderland University of United Kingdom, to his personal use.

He further alleged that  the defendant on September 3, 2015, at about  2.50pm  at the same address above, forged an invoice to fraudulently obtain £870, which is equivalent to N240,000, from First Bank, Lekki branch.

When the charge was read to the defendant, he pleaded not guilty.

Magistrate M. Kusham granted the defendant bail in the sum of N 250,000, with two sureties, each in like sum.

The case has been adjourned till December 14 for mention.

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