Bricklayer Swindles Lagos Lawyer Of N1.2m
A 48-year old bricklayer, Johnson Oduleke, has been arrested for allegedly swindling a Lagos lawyer, Barrister Stephen Agbaleke, to the tune of N1.2m.
P.M.EXPRESS reports that the incident happened at Grey Close, Jakande Estate area of Lagos, where the shady transaction took place.
It was gathered that the suspect, Oduleke, introduced himself as a building contractor and Barrister Adeleke contracted him to build a three-bedroom apartment for him and gave him the money to start work.
Unknown to Adeleke, the suspect, Oduleke had another thing in mind. He reportedly received the money, bolted away and did not do the work.
The matter was reported to the Police at Ejigbo Division; the Police trailed Oduleke and eventually arrested him after three years.
During interrogation, he reportedly admitted and told the Police that he had spent the money and did not know how to get money to pay the owner.
Having been found culpable, he was subsequently charged before the Ejigbo Magistrates Court for stealing and he pleaded not guilty.
The prosecutor, Supol Kenneth Asibor, then asked the Court to give a date for hearing to enable Police to prove that he actually committed the offence.
The Presiding Magistrate, Mr. T.O. Shomade, granted him bail in the sum of N1.2m with one surety in like sum.
He was remanded in prison custody pending when he will perfect his bail conditions while the matter was adjourned till 20th April, 2020, for mention.
When Oduleke was being taken to prison and was asked how he would refund the money, he said he had no money to refund and cannot kill himself over the matter.