Clearing Agent Arraigned For Allegedly Stealing N2.5Million
A 40-year-old clearing agent, Ejike Onyinye, who allegedly defrauded a man of N2.5 million is facing trial on charges of intent to defraud and stealing before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
Ejike who has denied the accusation, is a resident of Ejigbo area of the state.
The accused had on May 26, 2017, told the complainant that he was a clearing agent who intended going into the importation of hides and skin and that he needed some money for the business.
“The complainant gave the accused N2.5 million not knowing that there was no plan for any business.
“The accused took the money from the complainant and ran away,” he alleged.
ASP Roman Unuigbe, who is prosecuting the case, told the court that the accused committed the offences between May 26 and May 31, 2017, at Ejigbo.
Roman said the complainant, Mr Ibrahim Lukman, reported the incident at the Yaba Police Station.
The Accused is standing trial on charges of intent to defraud and stealing.
The offences contravened Sections 278 and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011, and Section 285 stipulates a three-year jail term for stealing while Section 314 provides 15 years for fraud, Naija News understands.
In his ruling on the accused’s bail application, the Magistrate, Mr P.A. Ojo, granted the clearing agent bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Ojo said the sureties must be gainfully employed with an evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.