The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Lagos Zonal office, has arraigned the duo of Gbade Bamigbala and Lateef Arobo before Justice Serifat O. Solebo of the Lagos High Court, Ikeja on an amended four-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of N36, 450, 000.00k.
The defendants alongside one Kabiru Olorunfemi( who is now at large) allegedly obtained the money from the complainants, Otumara Gbubemi, Adebayo Opebiyi and Larry Ettah, as the cost of a piece of land situated at the Wasinmi area of Maryland, Lagos State.
However, the defendants, who were said to have shared the money among themselves, became evasive after receiving the money from the complainants.
One of the counts reads:
“That you, Gbade Bamigbala, Kabiru Olorunfemi and Lateef Arobo sometime in year 2011, at Lagos within the Ikeja Judicial Division, conspired to obtain by false pretence the sum of N36, 450, 000.00 (Thirty-six Million, Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira only) from Otumarar Gbubemi, Adebayo Opebiyi and Larry Ettah, being the value of 4, 671, 068 square metres of land situated at Wasinmi area of Maryland, Lagos State.”
The defendants pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to them.
In view of this, the prosecution counsel, Zainab Etu, asked for a trial date and also prayed the court to remand the defendants in prison custody.
Counsel to the defendants pleaded with the court to grant their clients bail.
After listening to both parties, Justice Solebo adjourned the case to February 22, 2018 and remanded the defendants in Kirikiri Prison, Lagos.