Lagos, Nigeria – Two people have been arrested and arraigned before an Ikeja Chief Magstrates’ Court on Wednesday for allegedly obtaining a sum of thirteen million naira (N13,000,000) on a false pretense.
In a bid to change the sum to dollars, the defendants – Christina Oyeleye, a 39-year-old female banker and Adelana Adewusi, a 39-year-old tech man obtained the money.
Presenting the case in court, the duo are being tried for conspiracy, obtaining by a false pretence, stealing and issuing a dud cheque, NAN reports.
The prosecutor, Raji Akeem, told the court that the defendants committed the offences on October 7, 2022, at Oko Oba, Agege, Lagos.
Mr Akeem said the second defendant, Mr Adewusi, introduced the first defendant to the complainant, Esther Adesanya, as a banker that could help her change naira to dollars.
He said the complainant paid N13 million into the second defendant’s account to help her send it to the first defendant to change it to dollars which amounted to $14,000.
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The prosecutor said that since then, all efforts by the complainant to get her money have failed.
Mr Akeem also said the defendants gave the complainant a cheque, and on getting to the bank, it was dishonoured because of insufficient funds.
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He said the offences contravened the Criminal Code, Law of Lagos State, 2015. The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The chief magistrate, Bola Osunsanmi, granted the defendants N1 million bail each with two sureties in like sum. She therefore, adjourned the case until March 30 for mention.