In Lagos 39-year-old businessman disappears with trader’s N2.2m

The accused is facing a two-count charge of stealing and obtaining money through false pretence.

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An Ojo Magistrates’ Court, on Thursday granted N500,000 bail to a 39-year-old businessman, Ogechukwu Eze, accused of obtaining N2.2 million under false pretence.

Eze, who resides at Ojo area of Lagos State, is facing a two-count charge of stealing and obtaining money through false pretence.

The Magistrates, Mr A.A Paul, in his ruling on the bail application, ordered the accused to produce two sureties as part of the bail conditions.

Paul also said the sureties must be gainfully employed and should show evidence of two year’s tax payment to Lagos State Government.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Insp Uche Simon told the court that the accused committed the offence on March 17 at Zone A, Shop 1 Aspamda Market, Trade Fair Complex, Lagos.

Simon told the court that the accused under false pretext, allegedly collected N2.2 million from the complainant, Innocent Odunukwe with a promise to supply goods worth the amount.

Simon alleged that instead of supplying the goods, the accused converted the money to his personal use and started avoiding the complainant.

The prosecutor said that when the accused did not get any feedback from the accused, he decided to report the case to the Police.

He said that the accused was later apprehended and taken to the police station for questioning.

Simon said that the offences contravened Sections 285 and 312 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

However, when his plea was taken, Eze pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The magistrate adjourned the case to Jan. 24, 2017, for mention.

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