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A 47-year – old historian , Nicholas Ajayi , who allegedly defrauded his girlfriend of a car and landed property valued at N 1. 3m , was on Tuesday brought before an Ikeja Magistrates ’ Court .
Ajayi , a resident of Idimu area of Lagos , is facing trial on charges of fraud and stealing .
After his plea of ‘ not guilty ’ to the charges, Magistrate A. O . Gbajumo admitted him to a bail of N 500, 000 with two sureties in like sum .
The prosecutor , Sgt. Michael Unah, said the accused committed the offences sometime in 2014 at Prince Gbadebo Street in Igando area of Lagos .
Unah said the accused fraudulently obtained N 800, 000 and N 500, 000 for a plot of land and car respectively from Miss Ijeoma Nwata , his girlfriend.
“ The accused approached the complainant and persuaded her to buy a plot of land from his one acre of land in Ajah , Lagos .
“ He collected N 500, 000 from her , but refused to show her the land , or refund her money . The complainant later discovered that the land never existed , ” Unah said .
He said the accused also collected the complainant’ s Nissan Quest car on the pretext of helping her to sell it.
The prosecutor further alleged that the accused converted the car to his own , and took it to an unknown destination .
“ The complainant had placed a`For sale ` sign on the car at the rate N 800, 000; and the accused told her that he had a friend who wanted to buy the car.
“ He took the car from her on the pretext of showing it to his friend who wanted to buy it . Since 2014 when he took the car away, the accused has not returned it to the complainant , nor pay the selling price of the car to the complainant , ” the prosecutor said .
Unah said the offences contravened sections 285 and 312 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State , 2011.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the accused risks 15- year imprisonment if found guilty , according to the provisions of Section 312.
The case was adjourned to Febuary 1 for mention. ( NAN)