A 62-year-old man, Fatai Omopariola, who allegedly swindled his sister of  N2. 4 million on Friday, on appeared in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.

The police charged Omopariola, who resides in Mushin, Lagos, with three counts of breach of peace, theft and obtaining money under false pretences.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The Prosecution Counsel, Insp Aondohemba Koti, told the court that the defendant allegedly collected a Toyota Camry 2006 Model from the complainant, Yemi Omopariola, to sale.

Koti told the court that the defendant committed the offences on Oct. 18, 2019, at his residence.

The prosecutor submitted that the defendant allegedly sold the car and converted the money to his personal use.


The defendant, he said, conducted himself in a manner likely to cause a breach of peace by obtaining the Toyota Camry of N2. 4 million from the complainant.

The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 168, 287 and 314 of the Criminal laws of Lagos State 2015, (revised).

Obtaining money under false pretences attracts 15 years jail term, stealing is punishable with three years while Section 168 stipulates six months imprisonment for offenders.

Chief Magistrate M.O. Tanimola admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N200, 000 bail with two sureties in like sum.

Tanimola ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed with an evidence of two years tax payment to the Lagos State Government and have their addresses verified by the court.

The Magistrate adjourned the case until Feb. 13 for mention.


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