By Vivian Ibobo
Lagos – A businessman, Chibuike Amadi, on Wednesday appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly collecting handbags worth N2.16 million from a Chinese under the pretext that he would pay her back after sales.
Amadi, 28, who resides at No. 11, Akiosun St., Ijesha in Lagos State, is facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, stealing and obtaining money under false pretences.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges when they were read to him in court.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Mishozumu Samuel, told the court that the defendant committed the offences on March 26, 2019 and on April 26, 2019 respectively in Agege area of Lagos State.
Samuel said that the accused collected the said handbags from the complainant, Mrs Linling, ( a Chinese) with a promise to pay her back after he would have sold them.
The prosecutor said that the defendant knew that he was making a representation he knew was false.
The prosecutor said that the defendant, who did not pay the money, also failed to return the goods to its owner.
According to him, the offences contravened Sections 411, 287 and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 314 of the law provides for 15 years’ imprisonment for obtaining money under false pretences.
The magistrate, Mr O.D. Njoku, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N300, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
The court fixed Aug. 28 for further hearing.