At least five suspected fake gold dealers were on Friday remanded in prison by an Osun State Magistrate Court for allegedly defrauding one Samuel Osonuga to the tune of 1,000 US Dollars.

The suspects are; Agunsoye Emmanuel (22), Richard Kunle Shoroye (57), Akinmodiro Akintomiwa (43) Mani Chiroma (40) and Sunday Okeakpu (50).

The Presiding Magistrate, Habibat Basiru said the suspects have been kept behind bars because of the nature of the offense committed.

Police Prosecutor, Felix Okafor had told the court that the suspects conspired and obtained the sum under false pretence on August 12, 2017 at Ilesha in Osun State.

Okafor further explained that the suspects allegedly duped the victim under the pretence of supplying him a genuine gold which was also false.

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He alleged that suspects later supplied some objects suspected to be fake gold to Samuel.

The offence according to the Prosecutor, was contrary to Section 8 (a),1(1) (c) and punishable under Section 1(1) (a) (3) 1(13) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other related offence Act 2006.

However, the accused pleaded not guilty to the allegations preferred against them.

The Defense Counsel, K. E Ngwoke applied for the bail of the accused persons in the most liberal terms.

Ngwoke, who gave an assurance that the accused would not jump bail, said reliable sureties would stand for the accused persons.

Meanwhile, Police Prosecutor opposed the bail application made by the defense counsel on the ground that the suspects could jump bail if granted.

Ruling on the matter, Magistrate Habibat Basiru turned down the oral bail application and ordered the suspects to be remanded in custody at Ilesha prison.

She, thereafter, adjourned the case till January 10, 2018 for hearing.