A Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin on Friday remanded a legal practitioner, Akeem Jimoh in the custody of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC) for alleged land fraud.
The presiding judge, Justice Mahmud Abdulgafar gave the ruling after the prosecuting counsel, Mr Sesan Ola opposed the oral bail application made by the defence counsel, Mr. Victor Aluko.
According to Nigerian Tribune, Jimoh was arraigned on a one-count charge bordering on obtaining money under false pretence.
Ola, who is the prosecuting counsel told the court that the defendant allegedly received various sums of money under the pretence of helping people to buy properties within Ilorin but diverted the money for his personal use.
He stated that sometime in August 2011, with the intent to defraud, the defendant obtained the sum of N150, 000 from one Ogunleye Benjamin, claiming that a plot of land behind Alao Farm, Tanke area was for sale despite knowing that the information was false.
He said the defendant committed an offence contrary and punishable under section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.
However, Jimoh pleaded not guilty to the offence.
Aluko, who led five other lawyers to defend the accused in court had made an oral application for bail, pending the hearing and determination of the suit.
He argued that the offence allegedly committed by his client was a bailable one.
The prosecuting counsel, however, opposed the oral bail application, insisting that the proper application is yet to be filed before the court.
Justice Abdulgafar upheld Ola’s submission and adjourned the case to July 15, for hearing on the bail application.