A 56-year old man who claimed to be a lecturer in a private University in Lagos, Charles Okonji and a businessman Akinola Olubayo, 50, have been arraigned before a Lagos Magistrate Court for allegedly using a forged documents to obtain the sum of N6 million from one Tajudeen Aminu under false pretence.
A Police source said that the Assistant Inspector General of Police, AIG in charge of Zone 2 Command, Lagos Island, Adamu Ibrahim directed a team led by Inspector Olayeye Esomojomi to arrest the accused persons following a complaint by Aminu.
The accused were charged before the Igbosere Magistrate Court on a four-count charge bordering on obtaining money under false pretence and forgery.
Police Counsel, Francis Igbinosa informed the court in charge A/76/2018 that the accused persons committed the offence on 8 March, 2018 in Lagos.
Igbinosa told the court that the accused persons used a forged Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC’s letter of bank authorization with reference No. JV/ERD/AN-644 dated 27 February, 2018 purported to have been issued from the Office of the Superintendent of Bonny Terminal, Nigeria to obtain the sum of N6m from the complainant with the pretext to supply him 10,000 tons of Automotive Oil Gas (Ago) knowing full well that their claims was false.
Igbinosa said that after the accused collected the money from the complainant, they failed to provide the AGO for him till date and instead converted the money to their use.
He said the offences committed were punishable under sections 411. 314(1)(a), 287(3) and 365 (3)(b) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the alleged crime in the open court and Chief Magistrate Folashade Botoku granted them bail in the sum of N500,000 each with two sureties each in like sum.
Botoku adjourned the case till 24 October, 3018 for mention and ordered that the defendants be remanded at the Ikoyi Prison, Lagos till they perfected their bail conditions.