A trader, Al-Hassan Yusuf, accused of collecting N4 million to procure chemicals for a man, on Monday appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court.
Yusuf, who resides in Idi-Iroko in Ogun, is charged with conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretences, to which he pleaded not guilty.
The Prosecution Counsel, Insp. Victor Eruada told the court that the defendant committed the offences with some other persons at large, on Feb. 11 at No. 18 Oduduwa Crescent, GRA, Ikeja.
Eruada alleged that the defendant collected the money from the complainant, Alhaji Jidda Adum, with a promise to procure the said chemicals for him, a representation he knew was false.
He said that the defendant, who did not buy the chemicals, also failed to refund the money.
The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 411 and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 314 provides 15 years’ imprisonment for obtaining money under false pretences.
Magistrate M.I Dan-Oni admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N1 million with two sureties in like sum.
Dan-Oni said that the sureties must be gainfully employed and possess evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
She adjourned the case until July 17 for mention.