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61-year-old man lands in court over allegedly N1.7m land fraud

OSUN, Nigeria – A 61-year-old man, Azeez Popoola has been arraigned before an Osogbo Magistrates’ Court over N1.7m land fraud.

The accused person allegedly committed the offence in March 2020 around 10:30am at Oke Mokin, Igigogoro area in Osogbo.

The police prosecutor, ASP Fagboyinbo Abiodun told the court that the accused person obtained the sum of N1,280,000 from one Abdulazeez Moshood on the pretence to sell a plot of land knowing that it was false.

The prosecutor said the accused person on the same day, time and place also obtained the sum of N460,000 from one Tunde Adewale on the pretence of giving him a plot of land.

The offence committed contravened Sections 419, 390, 419, 390 code 34 Law of Osun State of Nigeria.

The land speculator who is facing a four-count charge of stealing and fraud pleaded not guilty to the allegations slammed against him.

Defence counsel, Ibrahim Imran prayed the court to grant his client bail in the most liberal terms.

In his ruling, Magistrate Olusegun Ayilara granted the accused person bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties that are house owners with tax clearance and verifiable addresses.

He adjourned the case till February 24, 2021, for ruling.

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