A 38-year-old trader, Chukwuma Utojuiha, on Thursday appeared before an Ikeja Magistrate’s Court,  charged with defrauding a his client of N192,000 on the pretext of supplying 32 pieces of aluminum sheet.

Utojuiha, who resides at No. 413, Olatunde St., Egbeda in Lagos, was arraigned on a two-count-charge of stealing and false pretences.

The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that the defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge.

According to the Prosecutor, Sgt. Wasiu Dada, the defendant  defrauded one Mr Moses Adewale of the sum meant for purchase of aluminum sheets.

Dada said the defendant committed the offences on Dec. 24 , 2018, at 2.00p.m. at No. 3/4 Sabo Plaza, Aluminum Village in Lagos.

He said the defendant obtained the N192,000 from Adewale with a promise to supply him 32 pieces of aluminum sheet,  but failed.

The offences contravene Section 287 and 314 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2015 (Revised).

NAN reports that false pretences attracts 15 years’ imprisonment while stealing is punishable with three years’ jail term.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs A.K. Dosumu, granted the defendant N100,000 bail with two sureties in like sum.

Dosumu said that the sureties must be gainfully employed and possess evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

She added that the sureties must be blood relatives of the defendant and also reside within the court’s jurisdiction.

The magistrate adjourned the case until March 26 for mention. NAN