The police have arraigned a 48- year- old car dealer, Omene Ericson, before a Lagos Chief Magistrate’s Court , Ebute-Metta, for alleged conspiracy, stealing and obtaining money under false pretence.
Ericson who gave his address as Bashiru Ojikutu Street, Alagbole, Ogun State, allegedly committed the offences on February 7, 2014, at 6, Prince Momoh Avenue, Alagbole.
He was said to have fraudulently obtained a Toyota Takume from one Eme Nwaki, under the pretence that he was in a position to sell the car.
He was also alleged to have stolen the sum of N3.5 million, the proceeds of the sale of the car.
The offences according to the police prosecutor, Mr. Adekoge Akinlabi, are punishable under Sections 409, 312 and 285(9)(a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The charges read in part: “That you, Omene Ericsion and others at large on February 7,2014 at about 14000 hours at 6, Prince Momoh Avenue, Alagbole, in the Lagos magisterial district, did conspire together to commit felony to wit: stealing and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 409.
“That you, Omene Ericson and others now at large did fraudulently obtain one Toyota Takuma model 2005 from one Eme Nwaki with the pretence that you will sell it and bring the money knowing it to be false and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 312 of Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
“That you, Omene Ericson and others now at large did steal the sum of N3.5m the proceed of the sale of Toyota Tekuma, property of Eme Nwaki, and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 285(9a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State,2011.”
The accused pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
The presiding magistrate, Mrs. O. I. Adelaja, a Chief Magistrate, granted the request of Mrs. Imelda Adebambo, counsel to the accused for bail.
He was thus admitted to bail in the sum of N500, 000 with two sureties in the same sum.
The matter was adjourned till August 28 for mention.