Two suspected land grabbers, otherwise known as 'Omo Oniles,' were on Thursday brought before a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State for allegedly obtaining N50 million on false pretence.
The defendants – Jelili Ajibade, 43; and Bashir Sanda, 45, were charged with conspiracy, obtaining money under false pretences and stealing.
The Police prosecutor, attached to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Mr. Justin Enang, told the court that the defendants committed the offences sometime in February, 2021 in Yaba area of Lagos State.
Enang said that the complainant, Mr. Isiaka Ibrahim, gave N50 million to the defendants for the purchase of four plots of land.
He said that the defendants did not sell the land to the complainant but converted the money to their own use.
He said the offences contravened sections 314, 287 and 411 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Section 314 is punishable by 15 years imprisonment for obtaining under false pretences, while Section 287 stipulates three years imprisonment for the offence of stealing.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Adeola Olatunbosun, admitted each of the defendants to N10 million bail with two sureties each in like sum.
She further directed that one of the sureties must be a relation of the defendants, while the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction.
She also said that the sureties must be gainfully employed with evidence of tax payment to Lagos State Government.
The case was adjourned until April 20 for mention.