Female importer drags manager to court over N2.1m fraud


A female importer of human hair, Wendy Osigwe has dragged a Manager at Ebomid Oil and Gas filling Station at Eleko, Akodo, Ibeju-Lekki, Lagos, Peter Idowu, before a Lagos Magistrate Court for allegedly obtaining the sum of N2.1m from her under false pretence.

The accused was arrested by the Police at the Maroko Division, Lekki, Lagos and arraigned before an Igbosere Magistrate Court on a two-count charge of felony to with obtaining money under false pretense and stealing.

Police prosecutor, Okete Ejima informed the court in charge No H/60/2017 that the accused committed the offence on 15 June, 2016 at 25, Ilasan New Road, Lekki, Lagos.

Ejima told the court that the complainant reported to the Police that the accused told her that his father had handed over his filling Station, Ebomid Oil and Gas Filling Station located at Eleko to him to manage and begged her to lend him the sum of N2.1m to purchase fuel from the depot to sell and make profit with a promise to refund the money to her.

He said that the complainant further stated that she believed the accused because he was the son of her landlord and lent him the sum of N2,150,000 which she was using to import human hair from Dubai to purchase the fuel.

Ejiima alleged that the complainant said that she was shocked that after she lent the accused the money, he started telling her different stories and failed to refund the money to her till date and that in the process crippled her importation business.

He said that the offences the accused committed were punishable under sections 312 and 285 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2011.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge in the open court and Magistrate A.A Famobiwo admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N1m with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case till 11 January, 2017 for mention.

The defendant was, however, taken to Ikoyi Prison, Lagos pending when he fulfilled the bail conditions.