A 43-year old man has been remanded for obtaining money under false pretense.
The Ilorin Magistrates’ Court, on Tuesday, ordered that Mustapha Solagberu be remanded.
Solagberu was accused of obtaining the sum of N205,000 under false pretense.
The Magistrate, Mrs Hafsat Alege, gave the order, as the defendant, with two others, now at large, are facing a two-count charge of criminal conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretence.
Alege adjourned the case till Feb. 24, for further mention.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Isa Abubakar, told the court that on Dec. 6, 2019, a petition was written by one Mrs Habeeba Abdulrahman of 47, Ode Alfa-Nda area of Ilorin.
He said that the defendant, with two others, now at large, criminally conspired together and deceitfully, fraudulently and dishonestly collected the sum of N205,000 from the petitioner.
Abubakar said that the accused person collected the money under the pretext of praying for the complainant, simply because she sent him N10,000 when the defendant claimed to be involved in an accident.
The prosecutor said that the defendant took advantage of the complainant’s kind gesture to deceive her and also invited his cohorts to dishonestly collect money from her.
Abubakar said that during police investigation, the defendant confessed to the crime, and that he was a member of a syndicate of fake Islamic cleric who specialised in duping innocent citizens in Ilorin and its environs.
He said that the offence was contrary to Section 97 of the Penal Code and Section 1(3) of Advance Fee Fraud and other related Offences.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him.