Bizman Charged With Fraud

A businessman, Nnamidi Osielo, 24 has been arraigned before the Ebute-Metta Magistrate’s Court, Lagos, Nigeria, for defrauding another businessman, Monday Emmanuel.

Osielo was accused of collecting N2.8 million from Monday Emmanuel with a promise to supply him some goods, which he never fulfilled. He also refused to refund the money he collected.

The accused and others who are now at large allegedly committed the offence at 8, Baba Akin Street, off Pota Iyesi, via Ilogbo Eremi, Badagry, Lagos, on 4 and 7 July, 2010.

He was arraigned on a three-count charge of stealing, false pretence and fraud, offences punishable under Sections 516, 390 (9) and 419 of the Criminal Code, Cap.17, Vol. 2, Laws of Lagos State, Nigeria, 2003.

Count two of the charge reads:‘‘That you, Nnamdi Osielo, and others at large, on 4 and 7 July, 2010, at 8, Baba Akin Street, off Pota Iyesi, via Ilogbo, Badagry, in the Lagos Magisterial District, obtained N2.8m from Monday Emmanuel, by false pretence of supplying him with 86 cartons of S.O. and White lotion, a representation you knew to be false, and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 419 of the Criminal Code, Cap.17, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003.’’

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge and was granted bail in the sum of N2 million, with two sureties in like sum by Magistrate M.O. Olubi.

The magistrate also ordered that the sureties must show evidence of residing in Lagos State and must be paying tax to the Lagos State government.

The case has been adjourned till 1 September, 2010 for trial.

The accused was later taken to the Ikoyi Prison, as he could not meet the bail conditions.

—Paul Sanusi