defrauded a market association of N20 million, was on Thursday charged
before an Apapa Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.
guilty to a three-count charge of conspiracy, stealing and obtaining
money under false pretences.
committed the offences on March 6 at Article Market opposite Trade Fair
association, conspired with others now at large and obtained N20 million
from members on the pretext of lodging the money in the bank. He
claimed that Ofili, who had no intention of keeping the money in the
bank, invested it in her business and was nowhere to be seen for a
money, the accused gave flimsy excuses. When the association members got
tired of Ofili’s excuses, they reported the case to the police and the
accused was arrested after a search, he said.
Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised). Section 285 prescribes three years
imprisonment for stealing, while Section 312 stipulates a 15-year jail
term for obtaining by false pretences.
employed and should show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos