63-year-old faces N7.5m fraud charge


A 63-year-old man, Anthony Ekpelu, who allegedly obtained N7.5 million on the pretence of selling plots, has appeared at an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.

The accused, whose address was not given, is facing a two-count charge of obtaining by false pretence and stealing.

The prosecutor, Friday Mameh, told the court that the accused committed the offences between 2008 and 2011 in Okota, Lagos.

He alleged that the accused fraudulently obtained N7.5 million from the complainant, Stephen Ojo, under the guise of selling three plots to him, but failed to do so.

Mameh said the plots were located on Ogombo Road, Shangotedo, Eti-Osa, Lagos.

“Ekpelu had sold the land to someone else before reselling it to the complainant. The first buyer came to lay claim on the land when the complainant started developing it,” he said.

The prosecutor, who alleged that the accused stole the money, added that the offences contravened sections 287 and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The accused pleaded not guilty.

The Magistrate, Mrs. Abimbola Komolafe, granted the accused bail at N500, 000 with two sureties.

She said the surety must be employed and show evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State government.

Komolafe adjourned the case till December 12 for mention.


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