One barrister Omoniyi Ebenezer, a practicing lawyer base in Ibadan was today arraigned for an offence of forgery and fraud at Chief Magistrate's Court, of the state.
Other offence Omoniyi, who is 49, was charged include obtaining money under false pretences, stealing and forgery. He was said to have conspired with one Rufai Ajadi, now at large, to commit the crime.
According to the. Prosecutor, Aliu Samad, the accused obtained N1.8m from one Stevenson Olabamiji, under the pretext of buying four acres of land for him.
Omoniyi who they said claimed told a supposed client, one Olabamiji that the land in issue was situated at Elenu Sonso Area, and he was buying it from a cooperative society of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Moo Plantation,Ibadan.
The prosecutor also said the accused had also forged the sales receipt of the cooperative society and the signature of one Esho Kehinde.
The accused also allegedly obtained N3.4m from one Monsuru Lawal, from his accounts at Ecobank Plc., and Diamond Bank Plc., both at Lebanon branch, Ibadan.The accused collected the money under the pretence of selling four acres of land to Lawal at Abese Area, New Garage, Ibadan.
Samad said Omoniyi was said to have also stole N300,000 he collected as rents from tenants living in two flats situated at phase II of Oluyole Extension, Adeosun Area, Ibadan.
The said offences were committed on Oct. 25, 2012 and Dec. 22, 2011.
The prosecutors said all the offences contravened Sections 390 ( 8b), 419, 467, 516 and 390 (9) of
the Criminal Code.
When the charge was read to the accused, he pleaded not guilty and was granted bail.