A 38-year-old man, Banji Leonard has been arraigned before an Ebute Metta Magistrate Court in Yaba area of Lagos state for one million four hundred thousand naira fraud and issuing a dud cheque to his victim.
Leonard who is a staff of the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service, LIRS, is facing a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretence.
Adams Ali, the prosecution officer, told the court that Leonard and others now at large did obtain the sum of one million four hundred thousand from one Garba Faruq with the intend to defraud him and permanently deprive him of his property.
Ali said the defendant committed the offence sometime in December 2017 at Bode Thomas, Surulere area of the state and offered a cheque of nine hundred thousand naira from FCMB to Faruq which was dishonored by the bank due to insufficient fund.
He added that the offence is contrary and punishable under Sections 411, 314(I)(a), 287(5), 321(b) of the Criminal Law of Lagos, Nigeria 2015.
The defendant pleaded not guilty of the charge read against him.
Komolafe A. O., the presiding magistrate, granted the defendant bail of one hundred thousand naira with two sureties in like sum.
Komolafe said the sureties must be residents of the state with verified tax receipt and address.
The case was adjourned till September 12, 2018 for mention.