A 38-YEAR-old businesswoman, Eunice Okafor, was on Thursday arranged before an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos for allegedly defrauding four business partners of N2.1 million.

Okafor, of no fixed address is standing trial on a six-count charge bordering on fraud and stealing before Magistrate, T. A. Are.

Prosecuting Insp. Abbass Abayomi told the court that the defendant committed the offences between November, 2019 and January, at Jankara and Oluwole markets in Lagos.

He said that the defendant fraudulently obtained the sum of N2.1 million from four of her business partners listed as Samuel Ikechukwu, Collins Chukwudi, Chike Okafo and Hyginus Emeka.

“The defendant fraudulently obtained N300, 000 from Ikechukwu and N600, 000 from Chukwudi.

“The defendant also obtained N610, 000 from Okafo and obtained N600, 000 from Emeka, under the guise of paying back the total sum money to all the complainants by January 2020”.

The prosecution said the defendant failed to refund the money to any of the complainants as promised.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Magistrate Are, granted her bail in the sum of N400, 000 with two sureties in like sum.

She ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed and show evidence of tax payments to the Lagos State, Government.

She adjourned the case until March 5.