Nigerian man in court for scamming Ghanaian woman of N6.57m

A trader, Ernest Egbeh, has been accused by the police of stealing a sum of N6, 579,750 from a Ghanaian woman under the pretext of helping her to purchase goods from Germany.

Egbeh, 47, of No. 3, Mike Avenue, Peace Estate, Iba, Lagos, was arraigned on Tuesday before Mrs. A. O. Adepeju of an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, on a six-count charge of fraud and stealing.

Prosecuting Sergeant Nicholas Akpene told the court that the defendant committed the alleged offences between January 2012 and February 2013, at No. 15, Alanna Showunmi Street, Shogunle, Oshodi, Lagos.

He alleged that the defendant defrauded his Ghanaian business associate, Mrs. Joana Amassininou, of goods and cash worth N6.57m.

“Egbeh, with intent to defraud, converted to his own use, the sum of N4.7 million, under guise of purchasing car and truck spare parts from Germany.

“The defendant also stole the sum of N800,000 being the proceeds of a truck he sold for Mrs. Amassininou.

“At the same time and place, he also stole another sum of N300, 000 being proceeds from the sale of 187 pieces of pampers,” Akpene said.

Egbeh was also accused of stealing the sum of N750,000 which was meant for repairing a truck and 10 foreign wooden doors worth N70, 000, all properties of Amassininou.

The prosecutor said the alleged offences contravened Sections 285(9) and 312 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

The defendant denied the charges.

Magistrate Adepeju granted him bail in the sum of N250,000 with two sureties in like sum.

The case was adjourned till June 16 for mention.
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