Clearing Agent Faces N3.5m Fraud Charge In Ogun

A clearing agent, who allegedly defrauded a man of N3.5 million in the guise of clearing 12 vehicles, on Wednesday, appeared before an Ota Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ogun.

Idris Adekunle, who lives on Temidire Street, Sango-Ota, was charged with conspiracy, fraud and obtaining money under false pretences, but he pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge.

According to the Prosecutor, Sgt. Abdulkareem Mustapha, Adekunle and some others still at large committed the offences on Nov. 2, 2018, at 2.00p.m. on Sango-Ota Bridge, Ogun.

Mustapha said that the accused and the accomplices conspired to collect N3.5 million from one Mr Olalekan Ogunbiyi to clear for him, a container loaded with 12 vehicles.

“The accused converted the money to personal use instead of fulfilling the agreement between the two parties,” he said.

The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 390(6)(9), 419 and 517 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun, 2006.

Chief Magistrate Matthew Akinyemi granted the accused bail in the sum of one million naira with two sureties in like sum.

Akinyemi ordered that the sureties should reside within the court’s jurisdiction and be gainfully employed with evidence of tax payment to Ogun Government.

He adjourned the case until Feb. 11 for mention .