Pa Amusa Adenle, 80,  Muibi Amosu, 45 and Sulaiman Animashaun, 69, have been arraigned  before an Ebute-Metta Magistrate’s Court, Lagos Nigeria, for allegedly defrauding one  Olawale Akande of N800,000.

The grandpa and his co-accused were alleged to have collected the money from their victim  under the pretence of selling to him plots of land situated on Sokoto road area of Agbara  axis of Lagos state.

They were arraigned on a-four count charge, which according to the police prosecutor, Mr.  Philip Ugbodu, an Inspector of Police, are punishable under Section 419, 423, 516 and 517  of the Criminal Code Cap. C.17, Vol. 2, Laws of Lagos state of Nigeria, 2003.

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The count three of the charge reads, “that you Amusa Adenle, Muibi Amosu, and Sulaiman,  sometime in June 2010, at Lagos in the magisterial district, did obtained the sum of  N800, 000 from one Olawale Akande, under false pretence that you are selling him plots of  land situated at Lagos, you thereby committed an offence punishable under section 419, of  the Criminal Code Cap. C17, Vol. 2 Laws of Lagos state of Nigeria, 2003.”

They  peaded not guilty and were granted bail .

Pa. Adenle was admitted bail on self recognition because of his age while others were  admitted bail in the sum of N500,000 each, with two sureties each in like sum.

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Mr. M.O. Olubi, who holds brief for the court’s magistrate, Mrs. K. O. Doja-Ojo, ordered  that the sureties must produce three years tax clearance, have a means of livelihood and  one of the sureties must be a community leader in the area where the defendants reside.

The case has been adjourned till 11 October, 2010 for trial.

—Paul Sanusi