In Lagos Clearing and forwarding agent docked for alleged N6.6m fraud

The accused pleaded not guilty to the counts of conspiracy, stealing, obtaining money under false pretences and issuance of dud cheque.

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A 40-year-old man, Chukwudi Okwuosam, who allegedly defrauded a man of N6.6 million under the pretext of helping him to clear some goods was on Monday docked in Lagos.

Chukwudi Okwuosam, a clearing and forwarding agent, appeared at a Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court on a four-count charge.‎

The resident of 31 Josephat James St., New Site, Satalite Town in Imore Ijegun area of Lagos, was accused of defrauding one Chinedum Uzoma.

‎He, however, pleaded not guilty to the counts of conspiracy, stealing, obtaining money under false pretences and issuance of dud cheque.

The Prosecutor, Sgt. Christopher Okoliko, told the court that the accused committed the offences at about 10.00 a.m. on July 19 at No. 1, Adeyemi St., Ijeshatedo, Surulere, Lagos.

The prosecutor said that the accused fraudulently obtained N6, 620,000 from Uzoma under the pretext of clearing goods, “a representation you knew to be false“.‎

“At another time, when he could not help clear the goods, he issued a cheque to the tune of N6.6 million, but the cheque was dishonoured due to no fund standing in the account’’.‎

‎He said that the offences contravened Sections 285(a)(b), 312(b) and 319 and punishable under 313(b)and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.‎

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs M.I. Dan-Oni, granted the accused bail in the sum of one million naira with two sureties in like sum.

Dan-Oni ordered that one of the sureties must be a resident of Lagos, work in a reputable organisation and should reside in his own building.‎

She also said that sureties should provide evidence of tax payments and their addresses should be verified.‎‎

The magistrate adjourned the case till Dec. 21 for mention.

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