A 31-year-old man, Chinwendu Iheanachor, who allegedly defrauded a woman of N245, 000 on the pretext of helping her to process a British visa, on Monday appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.
Iheanachor, whose residential address was not given, is facing three counts of conspiracy, threat to life and obtaining money under false pretences.
He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The police prosecutor, ASP Bisi Ogunleye, alleged that the defendant conspired and fraudulently obtained N245, 000 from one Miss Grace Aiwonsosa with an assurance of procuring a British Visa for her, a representation he knew to be false.
Ogunleye told the court that the defendant committed the offences with others still at large sometime in December 2019, in Isheri Oshun, Egbeda, Lagos.
“The defendant threatened to kill the complainant when she demanded her money.
“All efforts made to retrieve the money from the defendant proved abortive,” the prosecutor said.
The Chief Magistrate, E. Kubeinje, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N50, 000, with one surety in like sum.
Kubeinje said that the surety must be gainfully employed, with evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the alleged offences violate Sections 232, 314 and 411 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
The Magistrate adjourned the case until November 30, for hearing.