An Igbosere Magistrates’ Court in Lagos has slammed a N10 million bail charge on a 31-year-old sales representative, Uche Onwuma, who allegedly obtained goods worth N53. 4 million under false pretences.
The Magistrate, Mr B. A. Sonuga, who gave the ruling, said the accused should produce two sureties in like sum, one of who should be a blood relation of the accused.
In addition, he said the sureties should show evidence of three years tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
The accused had pleaded not guilty to a four-count charge bordering on fraud and stealing.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Ingobo Emby had told the court that the accused committed the offences sometime in 2013 at Shop A14, Imo Plaza, Balogun Market at Trade Fair Complex on Lagos-Badagry Expressway.
According to him, Onwuma obtained cartoons of perfumes worth N43. 4 million and 1,047 cartoons of Shampoo worth N10 million from the complainant, Nkem Onyenka, on the pretext of selling the goods and remitting the proceeds to Nkem.
The accused failed to remit the proceeds to her as promised, he said.
The offences contravened Sections 390, 419, 421 and 438 (c) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).The case was adjourned until April 27 for mention.