Three bank customers, who allegedly tendered forged documents to obtain N1.3 million loan, on Friday appeared before a Tinubu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on a five-count charge.
The accused are John Fashina, 26; Olawale Akinboro, 35; and Alexander Onwa, 44.
The accused, whose addresses were not provided, were charged with conspiracy, obtaining money under false pretences, theft, forgery and conduct likely to cause breach of peace.
They, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Ben Ekundayo, told the court that the accused committed the offences on July 16 and Aug. 24, at Lekki, Lagos.
Ekundayo said that Fashina and Akinboro – first and second accused – fraudulently obtained the loan from Oak Payday Solution Ltd. Loan Trust Microfinance Bank.
He said that the third accused, Onwa, who had also applied for N3 million loan from the same bank but was denied because his documents were not authentic, orchestrated the forgery.
He said that the accused forged Zenith Bank and Access Bank documents to obtain the loan.
“Onwa, after his own failed attempt, told Fashina and Akinboro about it and organised how they got the forged documents which they tendered and got the loan.
“The microfinance bank detected that the documents were not authentic when it was time to deduct money from the accounts; this led to their arrest,” he said.
The offences contravene Sections 287, 315, 320, 363 and 411 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
Magistrate A.M. Olumide-Fusika granted each of the accused N500,000 bail with two sureties each in like sum.
She ordered that one of the sureties must be a relation of the accused and the other, a civil servant.
The case was adjourned until Dec. 21 for trial.