A man who claimed to be dealer in animal Skins, Ifeanyichukwu Philip, has been arraigned by the police for allegedly defrauding a China national, Feng Zhao Zhu, of the sum of N10 million, under the pretence of supplying him donkey skins.
The 49 year-old Ifeanyichukwu was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Afolashade Bokoku, on charges bordering on obtaining under false pretence, fraudulent conversion and stealing, by the men of General Investigation Department of Force Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (ForceIID), Alagbon-Ikoyi, Lagos.
The police, in the charge marked B/04/19, alleged that the defendant committed the offence on or about March 8, 2017, at 272A, Cooperation Estate, Festac Town, Lagos.
Arraigning the defendant on Friday, the prosecutor, Barrister Morufu Animashaun, told the court that defendant after receiving the sun of N10 million through his Polaris Bank account number 1040560081, became evasive and never contact the complainant.
Animashaun told the court that the complainant, when he discovered that he had been scammed by the defendant wrote a petition to his office and upon diligent investigation of the petition, the defendant was apprehended and during interrogation, he confessed receiving the money from the complainant.
The prosecutor told the court that upon the confession of the defendant, charges of obtaining under false pretence, fraudulent conversion and stealing were preferred against him.
He told the court that the offences are contrary to and punishable under sections 314(3) and 285(5)(a) of the criminal laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Following his not guilty plea, his lawyer, C. O. Idowu, orally urged the court to admit him to bail in the most liberal terms, as he is a first term offender and that what happened between his client and the complainant was purely business transaction.
Upon Idowu’s allocutor, the presiding Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Botoku, granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N1 million with two sureties in like sum.
The magistrate also ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed, residing within the court’s jurisdiction and must have evidence of three years tax payment and utility bills to the Lagos State government.
The magistrate while adjourning the matter till February 21, for trial, ordered that the defendant be remanded in prison custody pending meeting all the bail terms.
Count 1 reads;
That you Ifeanyichukwu Philips ‘m’ on or about March 8, 2017, at 272A, Cooperation Estate, Festac Town, Lagos in the Lagos Magisterial District did obtain by false pretence, obtained the sum of N10. 000,000.00 (Ten Million Naira) from one Feng Zhao Zhu, a Chinese National on the pretence that you with supply him Donkey Skin and thereby committed an offence contrary to arm punishable under section 314(3) of the criminal laws of Lagos State, 2015.
Count 2; That you Ifeanyichukwu Philips ‘m’ on or about March 8, 2017 at No. 272A, Cooperation Estate, Festac Town, Lagos in the Lagos Magisterial District fraudulently converted the sum of N10, 000.000 (Ten Million Naira) property of Feng Zhao Zhu a Chinese into you personal account No. 1040560081 with Skye Bank Plc now Polaris Bank Plc and thereby committed contrary to on punishable under section 287 (5)(a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
Count 3; That you Ifeanylchukwu Philip ‘m’ on or about March 8 2017 at No. 272A, Cooperation Estate, Festac Town, Lagos in the Lagos Magisterial District did steal the sum N10, 000, 000 (Ten Million Naira) property of Feng Zhao Zhu, Chinese National, and thereby committed contrary to and punishable under section 287 (5)(a) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
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