For allegedly perpetrating a N2.6million fraud, a 30-year-old man, Tasiu Ibrahim, was on Wednesday brought before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
Ibrahim, whose address was not provided, is being tried for fraud and stealing.
The prosecutor, Insp. Ezekiel Ayorinde, said that the accused committed the offences on Feb. 30 at Gatankowa market, Abule-Egba, Lagos.
He said that the accused unlawfully obtained N2.6million from one Mr Salisu Abdullahi on the pretext of supplying aluminum and iron scraps.
Ayorinde said that after the accused collected the money from the complainant, he was nowhere to be found.
“The accused, after receiving the alert, absconded to an unknown destination.
“Efforts made by the complainant to trace and retrieve his money proved unsuccessful until the accused was arrested after eight months of the fraud,” the prosecutor said.
The offences contravened Sections 287 and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).
Newsmen report that the Section 314 prescribes 15 years jail term for obtaining money under false pretences.
The accused pleaded innocence of the offences and was granted bail in the sum of N250,000 with two sureties in like sum.
The Magistrate, Mrs O.J Awope, said that the sureties should be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
She adjourned the case until Nov. 11 for mention.