A 32-year-old student, Olugbenga Ajuwon, on Tuesday in Lagos appeared before a Surulere Chief Magistrates’ Court for his alleged involvement in a N3.44 million admission scam.
The accused, who resides at 31, Lawanson St., Idimu in Lagos State, is standing trial on a two-count charge of stealing and obtaining by false pretence.
He was alleged to have collected the money to procure admission into a foreign university for the two children of Mrs. Omolade Olasogba.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Jimah Iseghede, told the court that the accused committed the offence between 21 June and 12 September, 2014 at the complainant’s residence in Idimu, a suburb of Lagos.
Iseghede said that a friend of Olasogba had introduced the accused to her.
He told the court that the friend had informed the woman that the accused could facilitate admission for her children into David Tvildiani Medical University, Georgia, United States.
“The complainant, Olasogba, concluded the transaction with the accused and paid N3.44 million into the bank account of the accused.
“The accused also collected all the documents from the complainant.
“He, however, absconded with the money and the documents while he issued threats whenever he was contacted on the cell phone,” Iseghede said.
The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 285 and 312 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011 which stipulates 15 years imprisonment for any person found guilty.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs A.F. Adeeye, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N350,000 with two sureties in like sum and adjourned the case till 21 April for hearing.