Fake house agent, 48, in court for fraudulent act, stealing N150, 000 from widow



An Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State on Wednesday granted N100,000 bail to Fatai Yusuf, 48, charged with fraudulently obtaining N150,000 from a widow.

Yusuf, who resides at No. 4, Adetayo St., Ketu in Lagos, pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge of fraudulently obtaining money on false pretence and stealing preferred against him..

In her ruling, the Magistrate, Mrs O. Sule-Amzat granted the accused bail with two reliable sureties in like sum.

As part of her bail conditions, she said the sureties must be gainfully employed and their addresses must be verified by the court.

Sule-Amzat then adjourned the matter to Oct. 13.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Sgt. Lucky Ihiehie had told the court that the accused committed the offence on March 28, at Ojota in Lagos.

He said that the complainant, Mukaila Medinat, a civil servant, had approached the accused, after the death of her husband, to help her secure an accommodation.

“She met the accused, who introduced himself as an agent for the owner of a ‘property for let’, and told him she needed an apartment at Alapere.

“Sometime in March, she gave him N250, 000, being a deposit on the amount the accused had asked for the apartment.’’

Ihiehie said that after the complainant gave the accused the money, he failed to provide her the apartment.

He said after series of phone calls from the complainant to return her money, the accused then returned N100, 000 to her.

“The remaining N150, 000 has not been returned and anytime the complainant demanded for her money, the accused threatens her,’’ the prosecutor said.

Ihiehie said that the widow was now in a dilemma as the landlord of her present accommodation had issued her a quit notice.

He said that the offences committed contravened sections 312 and 285 of The Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

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