Pius Nsikan and three other accomplices have been remanded in prison custody for defrauding one Kayode Adeyemi, of $19,000.
It was learnt that Adeyemi and Nsikan ae friends, but the latter convinced him to part with the money and that his other friends – Ken Onwuka, Josephine Iyama, and Patrick Ikeji, would pay the naira equivalent on receiving a confirmation of the transaction.
However, the three had refused to pay him back.
It was gathered that officers of the Police Special Fraud Unit, Ikoyi, Lagos, swooped in on the three, and arraigned them separately before a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, the other is still on the run.
According to the charge sheet, the defendants committed the offences on September 20, 2018.
Iyama was arraigned on April 5, 2019, on three counts of conspiracy, obtaining under false pretences and stealing, which she denied.
Nsikan, who introduced Adeyemi to the group, was also arraigned on April 9, 2019, and pleaded not guilty to the three counts of conspiracy, obtaining under false pretences and stealing.
According to the charge sheet, Nsikan and others still at large obtained the sum of $19,000 from Adeyemi under the pretext that the naira equivalent would be given to him.
The alleged leader of the group, Onwuka, was arraigned on May 28, 2019, on three counts of conspiracy, obtaining under false pretences and stealing.
The matter was adjourned till July 30, 2019.