A lawyer, Abimbola Adeyinwolu and her boyfriend, Adeola Ikumola, who allegedly defrauded their friend of N4.6 million, on Thursday appeared in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos.
The police charged Adeyinwolu, 30, and Ikumola, 40, with conspiracy, stealing, forgery and obtaining money under false pretences.
The Prosecution Counsel, Sergeant Michael Unah, told the court that the defendants committed the offence with some other persons, at large, on December 31 2018 at 64, Ademola Adetokunbo Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Unah said the defendants allegedly collected N4.6 million from the complainant, Jennifer Obaseki, who lives abroad.
He said: “The defendants collected the money under the pretext of setting up a law firm for her, a representation they knew was false.”
He said the defendants forged a tenancy agreement documents in respect of 40sq for an office space.
Unah submitted that the defendants stole the N4.6 million from the complainant by fraudulently dealing with fake written documents.
He said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 287, 314, 325, 365 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015, (Revised)
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 287 stipulates three years jail term for stealing, while Section 411 provides two years imprisonment for conspiracy.
The Chief Magistrate, A.A. Fashola admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N500,000 each with two sureties each in like sum.
Fashola ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed and should show evidence of three years tax payments to the Lagos State Government.
He also ordered that the sureties must be blood relatives of the defendants who must reside within the court’s jurisdiction.
The case was adjourned until May 30.