A community Head in Ikorodu, Lagos, Chief Mukaila Agbaku, was today, arraigned before a Federal High Court, Lagos, over alleged N1.3 million fraud, by the men of State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department (SCIID) Panti-Yaba, Lagos.
The 49 years old chief, who resides on Kokoro-Abu area of Ikorodu, Lagos, was arraigned before Justice Nicholas Oweibo led-court on charges bordering on conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence.
Police in the charge marked FHC/L/129c/19, stated that the community head and others now at large, on May 28, 2018, conspired among themselves and fraudulently obtained the said amount from one Adeoluwa Abiola, with the pretence of selling him half plot of land to him.
Arraigning the defendant today, the prosecutor, Barrister J. I. Eboseremen, told the court that the community head was given the land to sell by the real owner and that when he sold the land to the complainant, Adeoluwa, he refused handling over the land to him while telling the initial land owner that he has not find any buyer for the land.
The prosecutor said the situation made the initial land owner to look for a buyer and sold off the land to another buy.
He also stated that it was when the complainant wanted to commenced work on the land that he met the man who bought the land from the original owner developing it, the situation that led to the arrest of the community head.
The prosecutor told the court that the offences committed by the community Head are contrary to and punishable under sections 8 and 1 (a) (c) (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud related offence Act 2006 Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 2004.
The defendant, who was not represented by any counsel, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Following his plea and coupled with no legal representation, the presiding judge, Justice Oweibo, while adjourning till Tuesday, July 23, for hearing of his bail application ordered that he be remanded in prison custody, pending the hearing and determination of the bail application.
Count one on the charge reads: “that you Chief Mukaila Agbaku ‘m’ and others at large on or before month of May 2018 at Ikorodu Area of Lagos, in Lagos Federal High Court Judicial division did conspire amongst yourselves to commit felony to wit: obtaining money in advance fee fraud and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 8 of the advance fee fraud and other fraud related offence Act 2006 laws of Federal Republic of Nigeria
Count two reads: :that you Chief Mukaila Agbaku ‘m’ and other at large between month of May 2018 and July 2018 at Kokoro-Abu Ikorodu Area of Lagos in Lagos Federal High Court Judicial Division did with intent to defraud by advance fee fraud obtain the sum of one million three hundred thousand naira (N1,300,000.00) from one Adeoluwa Abiola M, under pretence that you have half plot of land at Itele Area of Ikorodu, Lagos for sale, a representation you know to be false contrary to and punishable under section 1 (a) (c) (3) of the advance fee fraud and other fraud related offence Act 2006 Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.