A 45-year-old sailor, Bolaji Lawal, was moored at a Yaba Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Thursday for allegedly defrauding a man of 2 million naira.
The resident of the Apapa area of Lagos faces three counts of conspiracy, obtaining by false pretences and theft.
Lawal, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Prosecution counsel Inspector Modupe Olaluwoye told the court that the accused committed the offense at midday on November 23, 2021 in the Liverpool area of Apapa, Lagos.
Olaluwoye said the plaintiff, Martins Hungbo, paid the defendant N2 million to enable him to transport diesel from Lagos to Cotonou.
She said the defendant took the payment and blocked the plaintiff on his phone.
The offence, she said, violates the provisions of Sections 314, 287 and 411 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 314 is punishable by 15 years imprisonment for obtaining by false pretences, while Section 287 provides for three years imprisonment for the offense of theft.
Chief Magistrate Linda Balogun admitted that the defendant had been given bail of 200,000 naira with two sureties liable for a similar amount.
Balogun further ordered that each of the sureties must be gainfully employed and reside within the jurisdiction of the court.
The court ruled that sureties must also submit copies of their national identification number and bank verification number to the court.
She added that they must also submit to the Lagos State government proof of tax payment over three years.
Balogun adjourned the case until May 12 for mention.