Court Remands 2 Fake Gold Dealers over N15m, $5000 Fraud

Ladipo Sanusi/

A Federal High Court, in Lagos, has ordered the remand of two fake gold dealers, Mrs. Hassiya Abubakar Hassan and Olasunkanmi Banji, in prisons custody over alleged N15, 048, 000 and $5000 United States Dollar fraud.

Justice Oluremi Oguntoyinbo remanded the fake gold dealers, who were arraigned by the Special Fraud Unit (SFU), on three counts charge bordering on conspiracy, obtaining under false pretense, and fraud.

The prosecutor, Henry Obiaze, informed the Court that the two accused persons and others now at large, sometimes in November 2016, at Festac area of Lagos State, obtained the sum of N15, 048,000 from one Aisha Sulaiman, under false pretence of selling genuine gold to her.

The prosecutor also informed the Court that the two accused persons, on November 30, 2016, at Accra, Ghana, induced the fraud victim, Aisha Sulaiman, to deliver the sum of $5000 to one Chief Nana Kokrange, for the purchase of genuine gold that turned out as fake.

The two accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Following their plea, their lawyer, R. A. Lawal, informed the Court of his clients’ bail applications, which he said he just filed upon the service of the charge on his clients.

But the prosecutor, Obiaze, informed the Court that he was just served with the application in the morning, and he was entitled to seven days to file a response.

Obiaze, therefore, urged the Court to remand the accused persons in prisons custody pending when the response to the bail applications is determined.

The judge conceded to the prosecutor’s request and ordered that the two accused persons be remanded in prisons custody pending the hearing and determination of the bail applications.

The judge subsequently adjourned the matter till December 11, for hearing of the bail applications.