A 32-year-old woman, Rosemary Agada, last Friday appeared before an Ejigbo Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, for allegedly defrauding two men of N3 million.
Agada, who is facing a five-count charge bordering on conspiracy, fraud and stealing, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Prosecutor, Insp Benedict Aigbokhan, told the court that the defendant committed the offences with her husband, Onyebuchi Agada, who is still at large, in September 2021 at Idimu-Ijanikin area in Lagos State.
Aigbokhan said that the defendant fraudulently obtained the N3 million from the complainants on the grounds that her husband and her would help them purchase two vehicles.
He said that the defendant collected N1 million from Mr Daniel Okereke, under the guise that he would purchase a Toyota Corolla valued at N2.4 million and get the balance later.
“While she obtained N2 million from Mr Ifeanyi Ikechukwu, for a RAV4 2012 model worth N3.4 million and also get the balance later,” the Prosecutor said.
He said the defendant did not purchase the vehicles, but converted the money to her personal use.
“All efforts to get the money back from the defendant proved abortive,” Aigbokhan said.
He said that the offences contravened Sections 287 (9) (b), 314(a) and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The Magistrate, Mr E. O. Ogunkanmi, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N1 million with two sureties in like sum.
Ogunkanmi ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed with evidence of tax payments to the Lagos State Government.
He adjourned the case until March 23 for mention.