Woman 42 lands in court over alleged N6m fraud


A Lagos woman, Elizabeth Showami, 42, who allegedly collected N6 million from a man on the promise of delivering him 10 minibuses, appeared before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

The police charged Showami, who resides in Iyana-Odo, Ijoko area of Lagos,  with conspiracy, obtaining money under false pretences and stealing.

She, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

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The Prosecutor, ASP Raji Akeem, told the court that the defendant with some persons at large committed the offences on Dec. 17, 2020, at Ikota Road, Etiosa, Lagos.

Akeem alleged that Showami, who claimed to have the buses in her warehouse, collected N6 million from the complainant, Eric Igbinoghene, with a promise to supply 10 to him.

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“Showami collected the money and failed to deliver the buses as promised and converted the money to personal use,’’ the prosecutor said.

He said the offences contravened Sections 411, 314 and 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The report gathered says that Section 287 provides 14 years imprisonment for offenders, while Section 314 stipulates 15 years for obtaining credit under false pretences.

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The case was adjourned until Feb. 23rd 2021.

The Magistrate, Mrs O. I. Adelaja, granted N500,000 bail to the defendant, with two sureties in like sum.


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