The Lagos State Police Command has arrested two estate agents for allegedly defrauding one Lucky Obonifua to the tune of N6m.
It was learnt that the suspects – Ibukun Samuel, 42, and 47-year-old Olukayode Adebayo – had shown Obonifua a building purportedly for sale in the Ogba area of Lagos.KLB gathered that an agreement was reached between the two parties after Obonifua inspected the house. He was said to have paid the sum between January and April, 2015.
Our correspondent learnt that the agents allegedly refused to transfer the ownership of the property to Obonifua upon completion of the payment.
The alleged fraud was said to have been reported at the Ogba Police Division, leading to the arrest of the suspects.
They were charged with stealing and fraud by the police, who arraigned them on three counts bordering on the offences before an Ikeja Magistrate’s Court sitting in Ogba.
A police prosecutor, Inspector Clifford Ogu, told the court that the offences contravened sections 285, 312, and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State Nigeria, 2011.
The charges read in part, “That you, Ibukun Samuel, 42; and Olukayode Adebayo, 47, and others at large, sometime in January and April 2015, at Ogba, Lagos, in the Ikeja Magisterial District, did conspire among yourselves to commit felony to wit: stealing.
“That you, and others at large, at the above mentioned period and place in the aforementioned magisterial district, with intent to defraud one Lucky Obonifua by falsely obtaining the sum of N6m under false pretences to sell a building property located at Ogba.”
The defence counsel sought the bail of the accused in liberal terms after they pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The presiding magistrate, Mrs. T. Akanni admitted them to bail in the sum of N1m each with two sureties each in like sum, adding that the sureties must submit to the court evidence of tax payments paid to the state government.
The case was adjourned till February 3, 2016.