Detectives from the Criminal Investigation and ‎Intelligence Department of the Lagos State Police Command, Panti-Yaba, yesterday arraigned a 34-year-old businessman, Jeremiah Ejieke, before a Lagos Chief Magistrates Court, Ebute-metta, for allegedly stealing and obtaining several thousands of US Dollars under the pretext of helping to invest into a forex business.
The accused is facing a 13-count charge offences bordering on obtaining under false pretext, stealing, fraud and issuing a dud cheque.
At the accused person’s arraignment on Wednesday, the prosecutor, Inspector Richard Odigie informed the court that the accused committed the offences on November 24, 2014, at 82, Allen Avenue Street, Ikeja.
Odigie informed the court that Ejieke presented himself under the false pretext of being in a position to help the complainants to invest their money into f trading, and he successfully obtained the sum of N845, 000 from the victims who includes Ademola Babarinde, USD7500 from one Olawole Omoyemi, USD5000 from one Temitope Toriola and USD 2500 from one Charles Madumere.
The prosecutor also told the court that on December 12, 2014, after the complainants suspected a fraud and demanded their money back, Ejieke issued them a Zenith Bank dud cheque which was dishonoured for lack of sufficient funds.
The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 285(9), 312 (3) (2) and 313 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
Ejieke, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him.
The presiding vhief magistrate, Mrs O.I. Adelaja granted the accused bail in the sum of N1 million with two sureties in like sum whom he said must be gainfully employed.
She further said that the sureties must pay the sum of N200, 000 each into the account of the chief registrar of the court and must show evidence of being the owner of their stay of residence.
Adelaja further adjourned the case till June 17, for mention.