Clearing Agent Docked over Alleged ₦1.2m fraud

A Clearing and Forwarding agent, Collins Obinna, who allegedly obtained N1.2 million under the pretence of providing clearing services, on Thursday appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates' Court in Lagos.

Obinna (43), who resides in Festac Town, Lagos, is facing a three count-charge of conspiracy, obtaining by pretext and stealing.

The Prosecutor, ASP Samson Ekikere, told the court that the accused committed the offences in September 2014 at his residence.

Ekikere said Obinna conspired with some others now at large, to deceive Mr Charles Eze into contracting him to clear his 40-feet container at the Tin Can Island Port, Apapa, Lagos.

He said the accused obtained the money without executing the contract and refused return the money to the complainant.

“Obinna provided a First Bank account number 20122899720, into which the sum of N1.2 million was paid by Eze,’’ Ekikere said.

He said the offences contravened Sections 285, 312 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Yewande Aje-Afunwa, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N250,000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case till Feb. 8, 2016 for trial.

Traders Bag a week Imprisonment
In another development, the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (AEPB), FCT Mobile Court, on Thursday sentenced 40 hawkers to one week imprisonment for trading in prohibited areas.

The presiding Chief Magistrate, Aminu Abdullahi, who freed three minors, sentenced the hawkers after they pleaded guilty to the charge.

“Having been found guilty of one offence, the convicts are hereby sentenced to one week imprisonment for trading in the prohibited areas of FCT.

“Each of the convict is also given an option of fine between N1,000 and N5,000 for the offence,’’ Abdullahi said.

Abdullahi discharged and acquitted the three minors and warned them not to sell in such prohibited areas in the FCT again.

The convicts committed the offence on Nov. 12 and were arrested at different parts of FCT.

Prosecutor Eze Eze told the court that the offence contravened Sections 35 (1d) of AEPB Act 10 of 1997.