[News]–Aliu Musa, a university lecturer, to have allegedly defrauded a businessman of N1.3 million, was on Monday brought before a Jos Magistrates’ Court.
Reports have it that Mr. Musa, who works in the Department of Economics, Plateau State University, was charged with presenting himself as a property owner and defrauded a businessman, Usman Awatai, of money meant for rent payment.
S. B. Hama, counsel to the complainant, told the court that the accused presented himself to Mr. Awatai as a businessman and owner of a shop situated at 46 Ahmadu Bello Way.
“The lecturer convinced Awatai that he is the owner of the shop and asked that payment be made to him directly,” Mr. Hama said.
He said that the complainant made first payment of N800,000 directly to the accused, as he requested, for the shop.
Mr. Hama said that the amount covered two years (2014 and 2015), adding that the accused later collected another N500,000 as rent for 2016.
He said that in October 2016, the real owner of the shop, Emmanuel Gowon, appeared and threatened to eject the complainant from the shop if he failed to pay his rent immediately.
Mr. Hama said that Gowon denied knowing Mr. Musa, who collected the initial payments, adding that several attempts were made to look for the accused, but could not pick his calls.
The accused has however denied the charges.
H.A Dashe, the counsel to the accused, pleaded for bail.
Magistrate Yahaya Mohammed admitted him to bail on own recognisance and the case was adjourned until July 27 for mention.
In a similar occurence, another lecturer, Folorunsho Kehinde, was on Monday charged before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court for allegedly defrauding one Oluwole Kosile of N1.2 million.
Kehinde, 40, residing at Adesina Street in Felele, Ibadan, Oyo State, is facing a two-count charge of obtaining money under false pretence and stealing.
The Prosecutor, Sgt. Donjor Perezi, told court that the accused committed the offences on Feb. 20 at a branch of GTB in Lagos.
Perezi said that Kehinde collected N1.2 million from the complainant that he would help him process his admission into Hult International Business School in the U.S. but failed to do so.
“The accused collected the money from the complainant as admission and tuition fee for his masters programme, a representation he knew was false.
“After the accused received the money he refused to pick his calls but the complainant traced him to the school where he teaches.
“When confronted, the accused said he had spent the money.’’
The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 285 and 312 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs O.A. Layinka, granted the accused bail in the sum of one million naira with two sureties in like sum and the case was adjourned until June 23 for mention.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg