Dele Oguntona allegedly obtained N1.2 million from Mr Timothy Oladimeji on the pretext of being a travel agent.

He claimed he could assist him in securing a travel visa to the United States (US).

Three years after, Oladimeji is still in Nigeria and only wants to get his money back.

The 54-year-old accused was on Monday hauled before Magistrate O.J. Awope in an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on a two-count charge of obtaining money under false pretense and stealing.

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The prosecutor, Insp. Emmanuel Ajayi, told the court that the accused committed the offences sometime in March 2015 at Mushin in Lagos State.

“The accused approached the complainant claiming he was a travel agent when he heard that he needed an agent to help him process a US visa.

“After collecting the money from the complainant, he absconded to an unknown destination.

“Efforts made by the complainant to get the visa or retrieve his money from the accused proved unsuccessful as the accused refused to pick calls from the complainant’s cell phone.

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“After three years of searching for the accused, the complainant got information about his whereabouts in Aguda near Surulere.

“He went to the house with the police and the accused was arrested,” the prosecutor said.

The prosecutor said that the offences violated Sections 287 and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015(revised) with 15 years’ imprisonment up for grabs if found guilty of obtaining money under false pretences.

Oguntona, who resides at Surulere in Lagos, however, pleaded not guilty and was released on bail in the sum of N500, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

Magistrate Awope said that the sureties should be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government (LASG).

The court adjourned the case until September 29 for mention.

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