A 76-year-old man, John Orimogunje, has been arrested and charged to court for allegedly collecting N8 million from two women under the pretext of getting them land. The Septuagenarian and others, who are still at large, allegedly committed the offence between January and August 2014.
The police alleged that Orimogunje, sometime in January 2014, at Ikota Shopping Complex in Victoria Garden City, Lekki, obtained N8 million from Mrs Ejiro Imafidon and Mrs Emili Iwere, after falsely presenting himself as a land speculator to them.
The prosecutor also alleged that the defendant at the same place on June 30, 2014, issued a Skye Bank Plc post-dated cheque for N3 million in the name of Emilia Iwere, as payment for the said money he was owing her, but that when the cheque was presented for payment, it was rejected due to insufficient funds in his account.
The defendant denied the charges. His counsel, Ademola Adewale, urged the court to grant him bail in liberal term, because of his age and illness but the prosecutor opposed the bail application because there is no evidence to show that the defendant is ill.
Magistrate Sonuga granted him N2 million bail with two sureties in the like sum and adjourned till April 28.