Three docked over alleged N950,000 laptop fraud

Police on Thursday arraigned three men, Chimobi Ikpeama, 27, Godwin Anaba,34, and Papa Eze, 39, at an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court over alleged conspiracy and stealing.

The defendants, whose house addresses were not provided, are being tried for conspiracy, obtaining money under false pretences and stealing.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Evelyn Ehiemua told the court that the defendants committed the alleged offences on December 11, 2019, at Zenith Bank, Ikotun, Lagos State.

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Ehiemua alleged that the defendants collected N950,000 from one Mrs Olaitan Opajobi under the pretext of supplying her laptops from Nigeria Ports Authority in Lagos, knowing same to be false.

“The trio collected the money from the complainant for the supply of the laptops and converted same to their own personal use,” Ehiemua said.

According to the prosecutor, the offences contravened Sections 411, 314, 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs O.A. Daudu, granted the trio N1 million bail with two sureties each in like sum and adjourned the case until Feb. 2 for mention.


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