A 35-year-old estate agent, identified as, Gbeminiyi Babajide, on Tuesday, appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates Court, for allegedly defrauding his ex-lover of N5 million.
VANGUARD reports that the prosecutor, Sgt. Michael Unah, told the court that the defendant had taken the said sum from one Oluwaseun Giwa, under the pretext of helping her invest in a business.
Michael, alleged that the defendant committed the offence between 2014 and 2016 at Surulere, Lagos, adding that the complainant had asked the suspect to refund the money, but to no avail.
His words: “The complainant entrusted the N5 million into the hand of the accused while they were in a relationship.
“The accused converted the money into his personal use without the complainant’s consent, after they had gone their separate ways.
” All efforts made to recover the money proved abortive as the accused resulted to threatening her whenever she asked for the money.”
However, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the two count charge bordering on fraud and stealing. The offences contravened sections 287, 314 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos 2015, (Revised).
In his ruling, the Chief Magistrate, Mr A. A. Fashola, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N250,000 with two sureties in like sum, adding that, the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction.
Fashola said the sureties must be gainfully employed, with evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State Government, and must have their addresses verified by the court.
He adjourned the case until January 30 for mention.