A 41-year-old man, Adeniyi Fowokan, who allegedly obtained five sewing machines worth N180,0000 from a tailor, was on Friday arraigned in an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.
Fowokan, an engineer, who lives on Atitebi Street, Ayobo, Ikeja, is standing trial on a two-count charge of stealing and obtaining under false pretences.
The prosecutor, Insp. Ishola Samuel, told the court that the accused, who entered a ‘not-guilty’ plea, committed the offences on June 5, 2017 at Olorunfunmi Street, Ayobo, Ikeja.
Samuel said the accused fraudulently obtained five sewing machines from Mariam Alowonle with a promise to assist her in selling them; a representation he knew was false.
He claimed that Fowokan sold off the machines and converted the money to his own personal use.
“The complainant said that when she did not get any feedback from the accused, she became worried and decided to confront him for her money.
“Alowonle said that the accused started making up excuses and failed to pay her money when asked to do so.
“The complainant reported the case to the police and the accused was arrested,” Samuel said.
The offences contravened Sections 287 and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Section 287 provides a three-year jail term for stealing, while Section 314 stipulates 15 years for obtaining by false pretences.
The Magistrate, Mrs A.R Onilogbo, granted the accused bail in the sum of N50, 000 with one surety in like sum.
Onilogbo adjourned the case until Jan. 19 for trial.