Court orders importer to pay N1.2m to clearing agent


The Apapa Magistrates’ Court has delivered judgment in the case between a clearing agent, Chukuma Akabogu and an importer, ThankGod Ahanwa Igboamalu, acquitting the former of alleged fraud.

The Magistrate, Temitope Babalola also ordered Ahanwa to pay the sum of N1.2 million to Akabogu.

Counsel to the claimant, Barrister Eno Umoren-Mbanugo told the court that her client, Akagbogu was defrauded in a business transaction between him and the importer.

Akabogu, a clearing agent representing Remyrachel Global Ventures Limited, Lagos said he had a business transaction with ThankGod Ahanwa Igboamalu, an importer with Domacath Limited but that the importer failed to pay the agreed amount after he had done his own part of the job.

He claimed that the sum of N1.2 million was being owed by Igoamalu.

The claimant alleged that the defendant violated the agreement entered into by the two parties by disappearing after his cargo was cleared from the port, thereby abandoning the outstanding clearing fees even after the agent had used his money to carry out the assignment.