Man Arrested for Alleged N7.5m Diesel Fraud

A 46-year-old man, Tamuoibiten David, who allegedly obtained N7.5 million under the pretext of supplying diesel to a client, on Tuesday appeared before a Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State.

The defendant, a resident of No. 4, Olufemi Kolawole, off Ago Palace, Okota, Lagos State, is charged with conspiracy, obtaining money by false pretences and stealing.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The prosecutor, Insp Courage Ekhueorohan, told the court that the defendant and one other person at large committed the offences in March 2022 at No. 6 Obasholu Street, Surulere, Lagos State.

Ekhueorohan alleged that the defendant fraudulently obtained N7.5 million from the complainant, Mr Stephen Nwagbala, on the pretext of supplying diesel to him.

He said the defendant and his accomplice converted the money to their personal use and continued to give excuses for not supplying the diesel.

The alleged offences contravene Sections 287, 314 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The Magistrate, Mrs O.O. Otitoju, granted the defendant bail in the sum of one million Naira with two sureties in like sum.

She adjourned the case until Aug. 22 for mention.