Two women were on Tuesday brought before a Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos over allegations of N334, 000 fraud.
The defendants, Tatiana Dike, 41, and Adenike Freeman, 74, who live in Surulere are being tried on a three-count charge of conspiracy, fraudulently obtaining money under false pretenses and stealing.
The duo, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Prosecutor, Sgt. Anthonia Osayande told the court that the defendants committed the offences on Jan. 21 at No. 8 Adenowo Str., Ikate Surulere.
“The defendants obtained N337, 000 from one Esther Okwara under the pretext of renting a mini flat apartment at No. 8 Adenowo Street, Ikate Surulere,” Osayande said.
She submitted that the defendants, who were alleged to have deliberately swindled Okwara, failed to procure the apartment as promised.
The prosecutor said that offences contravened Sections 287, 314 and 325 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Oluyemisi Adelaja, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N100, 000 with one surety each in like sum.
Adelaja said that the sureties should be gainfully employed and show evidence of tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
She adjourned the case until March 18 for the mention.