A Senior Magistrate’s Court in Ilorin, Kwara on Monday remanded a travelling agent, Ojo Gbenga in Police custody for allegedly obtaining N2.5 million from one Nurudeen Adams under false pretence.
Gbenga of 7, Adekunle Street, Akute in Ogun is being tried for criminal conspiracy, obtaining money under false pretence and criminal intimidation.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Folorunsho Zacheuus told the court that the case was reported to the Kwara police command through a petition by the complainant on May 15.
Zacheous said that the complainant of 21, Ubandawaki Street, Pakata Road, Ilorin said that the money was for flight tickets for 12 of his clients going for 2017 Hajj exercise.
He said that the defendant, who collected the money through different accounts between Aug. 18 and Aug. 24, 2017, promised to deliver the tickets on schedule, but failed to deliver the tickets.
The prosecutor told the court when Adams arrived at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Lagos with his clients as instructed by Gbenga, Adams was shocked that the 12 pilgrims’ names were not on the flight.
“The complainant called the defendants and informed him of what happened and Gbenga redirected them to Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, which cost the complainant another N600,000.
“On getting to Abuja Airport, they also discovered that they were not booked for any flight,” he said.
The prosecutor said that the defendant absconded and also threatened to eliminate the complainant, if the complainant ever called him again.
Zacheus said that during investigation, the defendant allegedly confessed to the crime.
He said the offences were contrary to section 97 and 397, of penal code law and section 1(3) of advance fee fraud and fraud related offences.
Gbenga pleaded not guilty to the offences. (NAN)