A 42-year-old woman, Ngozi Ngboma, who allegedly collected N370,000 on the pretext of buying two car engines for a customer, on Thursday, appeared before a Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos.
Ngboma, of no fixed address, is being tried on a three-count charge of obtaining under false pretences, conspiracy and stealing.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Christopher Okoliko, told the court that Ngboma and others, still at large, committed the offences on Feb. 3 at No. 15, Cole St., Off Lawanson Road, Surulere, Lagos.
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Okoliko said that Ngboma, a spare parts dealer, fraudulently obtained the sum of N370,000 from the complainant, Anayo Ofor, but converted the money into her personal use.
He said that Ngboma was apprehended when she failed to buy the two Ford Galaxy engines promised the complainant.
According to the prosecutor, the offences contravene Sections 287, 314 and 411 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
Ngboma, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Bola Folarin-williams, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N30,000, with one surety in like sum.
Folarin-Williams ordered that the surety must be the husband of the defendant.
The case was adjourned till April 9, for substantive trial.