By Onozure Dania
The Police Special Fraud Unit, SFU, yesterday, charged a 45-year-old man, Adeleke Isiaka, before a Federal High Court in Lagos over N8.5 million fraud.
The accused is standing trial on a three-count charge of conspiracy, obtaining money by false pretence and stealing. He pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The prosecutor, Mr. Sylvester Azubuike, told the court that the accused committed the offence sometimes in March 2013, at Abdul Oladejo Avenue, Mokore Town Wawa Bus Stop, off Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
He alleged that the accused obtained 50,000 dollars (N8.5 million) from one Ismail Abdul, adding that the money was obtained by inducement under false pretence of praying for Allah’s blessings on the money, to enable the complainant purchase two trucks and for business to be free from all encumbrances.
According to Azubuike, the accused bolted with the sum.
The offence is said to have contravened the provisions of Sections 1(1) (a), and 8(a) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and other fraud Related offences Act, Cap A6 Laws of the Federation, 2008; and the provisions of Sections 390 (d) of the Criminal Code Act Cap C28 Laws of the Federation, 2004.
The trial judge, Justice Muslim Hassan granted the accused N1 million bail with one surety in like sum.
He said the surety must provide evidence of three years tax clearance, ordered him remanded in prison’s custody pending the perfection of the bail conditions and fixed September 15 for commencement of substantive trial.