An Ikotun-based herbalist, Fidelis Osita, has been dragged before a Chief Magistrates’ Court in Ikeja, Lagos for defrauding a businessman, Mr Emmanuel Imhanboor, of N12 million.

Osita, 42, was arraigned by the police on Thursday for conspiracy, obtaining by false pretense, forgery, and impersonation.

Police prosecutor, ASP Raji Akeem informed the court how the accused committed the offences from January 3, 2019, to May 25, 2019, in Ikotun.

According to the prosecutor, the accused had obtained N12 million from the complainant to clear his container, with a promise to refund within a certain period.

Akeem said that the deed of agreement Osita presented to his benefactor was forged.

He added that the accused stopped picking the complainant’s call afterwards.

The police prosecutor further told the court that Osita also paraded himself as a medical doctor in the neighbourhood and he was reported to the police for that.

Akeem said these contravened Sections 314, 365, 380 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State,2015.

However, the accused pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Chief Magistrate O.A. Layinka granted the accused bail in the sum of N1 million and ordered him to produce two sureties in like sum.

The chief magistrate adjourned the case until March 25 for mention.

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