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Businessman, 29, faces N1.1m fraud charge

25 October 2013, 17:09

Lagos - The police in Lagos on Friday charged a 29-year-old businessman, Nwanko Chucks, before an Apapa Senior Magistrates' Court for allegedly defrauding a woman of N1.1million.

Chucks, who lives in Amukoko area of Apapa, is facing a two-count charge of obtaining money under false pretences and stealing.

The prosecutor, Cpl. John Iberedem, told the court that the accused obtained the money on the pretext of assisting the complainant, Evelyn Godwin, to clear some buses at Apapa Port. He said the accused committed the offences on Sept. 25 at No. 54, Cemetery Road, Amukoko, Apapa.

"When the complainant did not get a feedback from the accused on his promise to clear the buses, she decided to report the matter to the police. Chucks could not refund the money or produce the buses,’’Iberedem said.

He noted that the offences contravened Sections 285 and 312 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011, which prescribes 15 years imprisonment for offenders. The accused pleaded not guilty and was granted bail in the sum of N200,000.The Senior Magistrate, P.A. Adekomaiya, adjourned further hearing in the case to Nov. 6.


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