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Businessman, 42, docked over alleged N5.9m petroleum products fraud

Shade Alimi, a 42-year-old businessman accused of defrauding a lady of N5.9 million under the guise of supplying her with petroleum goods, was arraigned in a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ court in Lagos on Monday.

Alimi, a resident of Lagos’ Gbagada Area, is charged with two counts of gaining by false pretence and stealing.

He, on the other hand, pled not guilty to the accusations.

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Mr J. I. Eboseremen, a police prosecutor attached to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) Panti, informed the court that the defendant committed the crimes on April 1, 2019, at No. 30, Prophet Ayodele St., Isheri area of Osun, Lagos.

Eboseremen stated that the complainant, Mrs Pauline Okafor, paid the defendant N5.9 million to furnish her with petroleum supplies for an occasion.

According to him, the defendant squandered the money and did not supply the products.

The offences contravene Sections 314 and 287 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that Section 314 is punishable by 15 years imprisonment for obtaining by false pretence, while 287 stipulates three years imprisonment for the offence of theft.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Adeola Adedayo, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N1 million with two sureties in like sum.

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Adedayo directed that both sureties must be residing within the court’s jurisdiction and be gainfully employed, with evidence of three years tax payment to Lagos State Government.

She further held that the sureties must also show proof of employment, proof of sources of income, and must have their addresses and offices verified by the court.

Adedayo adjourned the case until March 22, for further mention.



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