The Igbosere Magistrate Court yesterday docked a 45-year-old car dealer, Akeem Adebayo, for allegedly obtaining a car worth N800,000 from his customer under guise of selling it.
The accused is facing trial on a three-count charge bordering on fraud and stealing.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Innocent Odugbo, informed the court that the accused committed the offences between May 17 and June 2, 2016, at Odiluwu warehouse, Ijeshatedo, Lagos.
He said that Adebayo presented himself as a car dealer, obtained a white Ford with a foreign Registration No. CA 2636 NA, valued at N800,000, under the guise of selling the car.
Odugbo said the accused had promised the owner of the car, one Mr Virginus Chukwumaeze, that he would sell the said car and return the proceeds.
“The accused failed to return the proceeds of the car, rather converted it to his own use,” he said.
The prosecutor said that the accused stole the said vehicle worth N800,000, belonging to Chukwumaeze.
Odugbo said the offences contravened Sections 285 (10), 312 (3) and 332 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The accused pleaded not guilty and the magistrate, Mrs O. G. Oghire granted him bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties in like sum.
She said that the sureties must be gainfully employed and must show evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government for the last three years.
She adjourned the case till February 2 for mention.