A 42-year-old suspected fraudster, Gbolahan Bolarinde, has been arraigned before an Ibadan Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting at Iyaganku for allegedly defrauding a kerosene dealer of N1 million.
The prosecutor, Inspector Aliu Samad, said the defendant was arraigned on a three-count charge of conspiracy, obtaining money under false pretence and stealing.
He alleged that Bolarinde committed the crime on May 15 at Olosan-Alakia area of Ibadan.
Samad said the defendant, with one other person now at large, fraudulently acquired the sum from one Madam Jumoke Babalola with the agreement to supply her 10,000 litres of kerosene.
The defendant subsequently vanished until he was apprehended.
The prosecutor said the offences contravened sections 516, 419 and 390 (9) of the Criminal Code Cap 38 Vol. II Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria, 2000.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Chief Magistrate Olaide Amzat granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N2 million with two reliable sureties.
He said one of the sureties must be a Grade Level 14 civil servant, adding that the second must have landed property.
Amzat also ordered that the defendant’s international passport t be seized.
The case was adjourned to Aug. 27 for further hearing.