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Nigerian Lawyer Charged With N13m Fraud

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An Abeokuta-based lawyer, Idris Tajudeen Olufemi has been arraigned before a Magistrate Court sitting in Isabo, Abeokuta for alleged N13million fraud. The money was said to belong to his clients.

The accused, who manages Igi-Aruwe Chambers in the Ogun state capital, was slammed with a two-count charge,which included false pretence and an intent to defraud and fraudulently convert the proceeds from the sale of a twenty-two room building belonging to his clients.

Police Prosecutor, Banji Sangotokun told the court that the accused, sometimes in March 2014, did by false pretence and with intent to defraud the family of Hamzat Oladerin, sold a property valued at N13 million located at number 183 Olufunmilayo bus stop, Ipaja road Agege, Lagos, with the promise to share the proceed to the owners of the property. He has, however, failed to fulfill his promise.

The police said the 41-year old accused, fraudulently converted the proceeds from the sale of the twenty-two rooms to deprive the ownership, the said money and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 383(1),(2)(a) of the Criminal Code.

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him. His Counsel, A.O Ogundero pleaded for his bail, which was subsequently granted by the court.

The Magistrate, Olusesan Araba granted the accused bail with one surety in the sum of N100,000 and adjourned further hearing till the end of the ongoing judicial workers strike.

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