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Court Remands Man For N276,000 Tax Fraud

Court Remands Man For N276,000 Tax Fraud

A Somolu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Friday ordered that a 29-year-old music promoter, Lanre Ajayi, be remanded in Kirikiri Prison for alleged N276,000 fraud.

The Magistrate, Mrs Bola Osunsanmi, gave the order following Ajayi’s guilty plea when the charge was read to him.

Ajayi, who resides at No. 7, Adesola St., Abule Egba, a Lagos suburb, is facing a two-count charge of obtaining money under false pretences and stealing.

The prosecutor, ASP Akinlebi Adegoke, said the accused had on Dec. 26, collected a total of N276,000 from three persons under the pretext of obtaining "an up-to-date tax clearance certificate for them".

The persons are: Ayobami Ladipo, Ezenkwe Ikewechukwu and Korede Olowoyo.

"Earlier, Ajayi had on Dec. 1, 2012 organised a musical festival at Abule Egba and invited several 'A' list artistes to perform, but ran at a loss.

"In an effort to recoup the losses, he approached the complainants, who attended the event.

"He told them about a fictitious musical event, tagged 'HIV Awareness Plus' to take place in Ghana, Togo and Benin Republic, which they could only attend if they had a valid and up-to-date tax clearance certificate," Adegoke said.

He said that Ajayi showed a tax clearance certificate to the complainants, which he claimed to have obtained for one Amos Oliga, and he collected various amounts from them to secure same for them.

The prosecutor said the accused collected N140,000 from Ladipo, N180,000 from Ikechukwu and N56,000 from Olowoyo.

He said that the offence contravened the provisions of Sections 285 and 312 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Lagos State, 2011.

Osunsanmi adjourned the case to Jan. 23 for fact and sentence.

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