A herbalist, Raji Ibrahim, was on Tuesday arraign before an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court sitting in Lagos for allegedly defrauding a woman of N245,000 on the pretext of giving her herbal pregnancy medicine for a set of twins.
Raji, 48, who lives in Ewekoro, Ogun State, is facing 2-counts of fraud and stealing.
The police prosecutor, Sgt. Michael Unah told the court that the accused committed the offences on January 29 at 2.50p.m. at Ajegunle Bus Stop, Abule-Iroko, a community in Lagos-Ogun boundary, off Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.
Unah said the accused allegedly collected N245,000 from the complainant (name withheld), with the promise to give her fertility herbal medicine for a set of twins.
“The accused fraudulently collected the sum of N245,000 from the complainant with a promise to give her medicine that will enable her to conceive and deliver a set of twins.
The offences, according to the prosecutor, violated sections 287 and 314 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the two counts.
In his ruling, the Magistrate, Mr. A. A. Fashola, granted the accused bail in the sum of N100,000, with one surety in like sum.
Fashola said the surety must be gainfully employed, with an evidence of three years’ tax payment.
Further hearing has been fixed for March 19.