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Cleric defrauds Bureau de Change operator of N12m

A 41-year-old cleric, Segun Oyeniyi, is facing trial at a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, for allegedly defrauding a Bureau de change operator to the tune of N12 million.

Oyeniyi was charged for conspiracy, fraud and theft.

Police Inspector, Ben Ekundayo, told the court that the accused committed the offence sometime in November, 2017 on Lagos Island.

He said the accused collected 102,000 dollars from a Bureau de change operator, Ramadan Musa, under the pretext of giving him the Naira equivalent of N32 million.

According to him, the accused paid N20 million and refused to pay the balance of N12 million.

“Oyeniyi approached the complainant, a Bureau de change operator for dollars with the agreement of paying him the Naira equivalent.

“Musa made the payment of 102,000 dollars into an offshore account in November 2017 with proof of payment.

“The accused after much pressure paid N20 million out of the N32 million and refused to pay the balance of N12million,” he told the court.

According o the Prosecutor, the offences contravened Sections 287, 314 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

Oyeniyi, however pleaded not guilty of the offences of conspiracy, fraud and theft preferred against him.

Ruling on the bail application of the accused, Magistrate Olumide Fusika granted the cleric N5 million bail with two sureties in like sum.

Fusika then adjourned the case until June 28.

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