By Joshua Olalekan, Lagos
Two brothers, David Okwuanalu and Graham Chike Okwuanalu have been charged before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos for allegedly duping two bureau de change (BDC) agents of $50,000.
David, 26, and Graham, 28, were arraigned by the Police Force Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, FCIID, Alagbon Close, Ikoyi, Lagos, before Mr. W. B. Balogun.
They are standing trial on a four-count charge marked F/10/2017 bordering on conspiracy, obtaining of money under false pretence and fraud.
Prosecuting Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Henry Obiazi said the defendants and others at large committed the alleged offences last August at Ikeja, Lagos.
Obiazi alleged that first defendant, David, deceived a BDC agent, Alhaji Mukaila Tella, to transfer $20,000 to his foreign account with an agreement to pay him the naira equivalent but he absconded after the transfer was made.
He said the second defendant, Graham, also deceived another BDC agent, Alhaji Abdullahi Seriki, to transfer $30,000 to his foreign account but he failed to pay the naira equivalent after the transfer was made.
The offences, Obiazi added, were punishable under sections 409 and 312(1)(b)(3) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2011.
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge and Magistrate Balogun granted them N5million bail each with two sureties in the like sum and adjourned till March 21, for mention.