Five members of the same family have been arraigned before a magistrate court in Ogba, Lagos State, over alleged fraud and vandalism.
The defendants are Ufoma Ometan, 48, Ejiro, 42, Jite, 44, Francis, 83, and Benjamin, 83. The defendants allegedly vandalized the property of a couple, Mr. and Mrs. Victor Erhabor, and fraudulently obtained the sum of N44m from them.
The defendants are facing seven counts bordering on conspiracy, fraud, burglary and vandalism.
The charges read in part, “That you, Ufuoma Ometan, Ejiro Ometan, Jite Ometan, Francis Ometan, Benjamin Ometan, sometime between December 2019 and January 2020, along Awoniyi Elemo Street, Ajao Estate, Isolo, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did fraudulently obtained the sum of N44m from Mr & Mrs Victor Erhabor, with the pretence of selling to them a property at Awoniyi Elemo Street, Ajao Estate, Isolo, Lagos, knowing same to be false.”
“That you, Ufoma Ometan, Ejito Ometan, Jite Ometan, Francis Ometan, Benjamin Ometan, between December 2019 and January 2020 at Awoniyi Elemo Street, Ajao Estate, Isolo, Lagos, in the Lagos Magisterial District, did cause damage to the property of Mr and Mrs Victor Erhabor.”
According to the prosecutor, Josephine Ikhayere, the offences were punishable under sections 411, 314(3), 287, 323, 339(2), 58, and 56(a) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The defendants however pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The prosecution’s witness, Victor Erhabor, was led in evidence by Ikhayere.
Victor revealed to the court that he and his lawyer were forced to sign an agreement brought to them by the defendants.
The witness said the family members later broke into the property, vandalising the same, and causing damage to the tune of not more than N15m.
Documents and pictures were tendered through the witness and admitted in evidence as an exhibit.
The matter was adjourned till December 12, 13 & 15, 2022, for trial.