An Ilorin Senior Magistrates’ Court on Thursday ordered that a 38-year-old man, Lawal Temitope, be remanded in Federal Prison for allegedly swindling a businessman of N4.1 million, being money to mine diatomite, a mineral deposit.
The police charged Temitope with two counts of criminal conspiracy and fraud.
Senior Magistrate A. I. Dasuki, who gave the order, adjourned the case until December 21, for further mention.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Insp. Zacheous Folorunsho, told the court that on September 24, one Michael Abiodun of Awolowo road, Tanke, Ilorin, reported the matter to the Police in Kwara, through a letter of complaint.
Folorunsho said that sometimes in the month of June, 2017, the defendant, called the complainant, pretending to be a Japanese businessman, representing ‘Goodman Company Ltd.
He alleged that the defendant told the complainant that he needed his assistance to get across to one Mustapha Usman in Standard Mining and Exploration Company, Damaturu, Yobe, in order to purchase Diatomite stones.
“In the process of discussions, the defendant convinced the complainant that the deal was a clean one.
“The complainant paid N4.1 million into the defendant’s account. During investigation, the police discovered that the defendant, transferred various sums of money into eight accounts,” he said.
The prosecutor said that after the amount, the complainant realised that he had been defrauded.
He alleged that in the cause of investigation, the defendant confessed that he owned all the eight accounts.
The prosecutor said that the offence contravened the provision of Sections 97 of the Penal Code Law and section (1a) of the advance fee fraud and other related offence Act 2006.
After the charges were read to him, he pleaded not guilty.