LAGOS – Three businessmen who allegedly defrauded a company, Orna Crowne Ltd., of N3.5 million on Tuesday in Lagos appeared before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court.
The accused, Joshua Adejoh, 40; Sola Daramola, 41; and Ifeyinwa Chukwulube, 34, are facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, stealing and fraud.
The prosecutor, ASP Godwin Anyanwu, had told the court that the accused committed the offences between Jan. 5 and Dec. 21, 2014, at No. 46, Ikota, in Ajah, Lagos state.
Anyanwu said the complainant, Orna Crowne Ltd., gave the accused diapers and wipes worth N3.5 million which the accused promised to pay for after he must have sold them.
“The accused sold the goods but he did not pay the complainants as earlier promised, and converted the money to his personal use.
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“The accused however issued dud cheques belonging to Diamond Bank and Zenith Bank to the complainants in their attempts to refund the said money.
“The cheques were dishonoured by the banks when presented,’’ Anyanwu said.
He said the offences contravened sections 285, 312 and 409 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos state, 2011.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 312 (3) prescribes 15 years’ imprisonment for false pretences.
However, the accused pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs A. O. Soladoye, granted the accused bail in the sum of N200,000 each with two sureties each in like sum.
She then adjourned the case to April 22, for mention. (NAN)