David Olumide Aderinokun, a property developer, was on Wednesday arraigned in a magistrate’s court, Igbosere, Lagos Island.
Aderinokun, husband of media personality Stephanie Coker, was arraigned for alleged conspiracy, forgery and stealing of parcels of land estimated at 2678.068 square metres in Lekki Peninsula.
Coker and Aderinokun tied the knot August 12 in a destination wedding held in Greece.
He was alleged to have traded under the name of Davade Properties and conspired with others, now at large, in February 2016 to obtain money under false pretences.
The property developer was also said to have forged a Deed of Assignment to allegedly defraud unsuspecting members of the public.
Aderinokun reportedly fraudulently obtained N18m from one Jumoke Fola-Alade on the pretext that he was the owner of the said property.
He was arrainged alongside Abdul-Wakil Balogun, a worker of the New Town Development Authority (NTDA), Lagos state, on another eight counts.
“That you, David Aderinokun, converted a piece of land measuring approximately 1764.44 square metres situate at Plot 7B, Block CBD 1, Lekki Peninsula Scheme 1, Eti Osa Local Government Area of Lagos State, property of Ocean Trust Limited, to your own use and to the use of others, thereby committing an offence contrary to Section 287 of the Criminal Law Cap C17, Vol. 3, Law of Lagos State, 2015,” the charges read in part.
The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges the presiding chief magistrate, Olufolake Oshin, granted them bail in the sum of N10m with two sureties in like sum.
The case was adjourned till February 2, 2018 while Balogun and Aderinokun were remanded in Kirikiri prisons till they meet their bail conditions.
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