A 49-year-old travel agent, Abdulmalik Eyarune, has been arraigned in an Ogba Magistrate’s Court, Lagos State, for allegedly defrauding one Simeon Akinbobola of N1.1m.
Eyarune was said to have collected the money sometime in November 2016. He reportedly collected the sum under the pretext of procuring travel tickets to the United States for Akinbobola, his wife and children.
It was learnt that the defendant issued fake tickets to the victim instead, after which the case was reported to the police.
A police prosecutor, Ayorinde Ezekiel, arraigned Eyarune on two counts bordering on fraud and stealing.
Ezekiel told the court that the offence was punishable under sections 312 and 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos, 2011.
The charge read in part, “That you, Abdulmalik Eyarune, sometime in November 2016, at Ogba, Lagos, in the Ikeja Magisterial District, did fraudulently obtain the sum of N1.1m from one Simeon Akinbobola, under the pretext that you wanted to procure travel tickets to United States for him, a presentation you know to be false, thereby committing an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 312 of the Criminal Law of Lagos, Nigeria, 2011.
“That you, on the same date, time and place, in the aforementioned magisterial district, did steal the sum of N1.1m from one Simeon Akinbobola, being the money you were supposed to use to procure travel tickets for him, thereby committing an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos, Nigeria, 2011.”
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty before the presiding magistrate, Mrs. O.J. Awope, and was granted bail of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum. The case was adjourned till February 1, 2017.