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Spiritualist in court for allegedly swindling businessman of N5.6m

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On Thursday, police accused a 41-year-old spiritualist, Osunbukola Akinola, who allegedly cheated a businessman of N5.6 million, in an Ikeja magistrates court in Lagos.

Akinola, who lives in Ipaja, Lagos, was charged with three counts of conspiracy, obtaining money under false pretenses and theft.

He pleaded not guilty. The Nigeria News  reports that the prosecutor of the prosecution, ASP Ezekiel Ayorinde, told the court that the defendant and another person, in general, committed the crime in March at his residence.

Ayorinde alleged that the defendant obtained the money from the plaintiff, Mr. Akin Augustine, on the pretext of helping him “boost” his marketing business spiritually.

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He said: “After the defendant collected the money, she did nothing. And when the plaintiff requested his money, she refused to give it to him.

“The plaintiff reported the case to the police and the defendant was arrested.” Ayorinde said the crime violated the provisions of sections 287, 314 and 411 of the Lagos State Criminal Law, 2015.

Naija News reports that section 287 stipulates three years in prison for theft, while section 314 prescribes 15 years to obtain money under false claims.

Judge B.O Osunsanmi admitted the defendant on bail in the sum of N100,000 with two guarantees in the same sum.

Osunsanmi ordered that the guarantees be used in a remunerated manner and show evidence of two years of payment of taxes to the Government of the State of Lagos.

She postponed the case until October 28 to mention it.