Security guard in court over N2.5m fraud


A 26-year-old security guard, Mohammed Andoka, who allegedly obtained N2.5 million from accommodation seekers under false pretences, was on Wednesday brought before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.

Andoka, who resides at No. 27, Oladimeji St., Lekki Phase 1, Lagos, is facing a three-count charge of conspiracy, stealing and fraud.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Cyriacus Osuji, told the court that the accused committed the offences on March 13, at 2:00pm., at his residence.

He alleged that the accused fraudulently obtained the sum of N2.5 million from the complainant, one Mrs Ruth Obaseki, under the guise of renting a three-bedroomed flat to her.

Osuji said that the accused failed to rent the apartment to the complainant as agreed, after collecting the money.

The offences contravened Sections 285, 312 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The accused pleaded not guilty.

The Magistrate, Mr Martins Owumi, granted the accused N500, 000 bail, with two sureties in like sum.

He said that the sureties must be gainfully employed and must show evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

Owumi said that the sureties must deposit N100, 000 in the court registrar’s account.

The magistrate also ordered that the sureties must swear to affidavit of means, and have their addresses verified.

He adjourned the case until April 20, for mention.