By Moronke Boboye
Lagos – A 42-year-old unemployed man, Ahmed Abubakar, who allegedly defrauded a man of N400,000 on the pretext of recruiting his brother into the Nigerian Air Force, is facing trial at an Ejigbo Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.
The accused, who resides in Sokoto State, is charged with a two-count offence of fraud and impersonation.
Abubakar allegedly collected N400, 000 from the complainant, Mr Olawale Ajayi, with a promise to “recruit” his brother into the Nigerian Air Force during a recent recruitment exercise, according to the prosecution.
“The accused left Lagos for Sokoto after collecting the money and all efforts to locate him have failed, ” said Police Prosecutor, Insp. Kenneth Asibor.
He said the accused committed the offences sometime in September 2016 at Isheri, a suburb of Lagos.
Asibor also alleged that the accused impersonated a Nigerian Air Force officer to defraud unsuspecting people.
“Information got to the police that the accused was seen at Egbeda in Lagos after he committed the crime and we immediately went in search of him until he was traced and arrested.”
The offences contravened Sections 78 and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
In her ruling, the Chief Magistrate, Mrs J. E. O. Adeyemi, granted the accused a bail of N100,000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case until Sept. 4 for mention. (NAN)