After his speculated kidnapped last Saturday in Nsit Ubiom area of Akwa Ibom State, veteran reggae artiste, Victor Essiet of the 90s Mandators fame, yesterday was arraigned before an Ikeja Chief Magistrate Court for alleged fraud of $86,376(about N17.2m).
He was arraigned alongside one Patricia Enobong before the court, presided by Chief Magistrate Y. E. Aje Afunnwa.
They were alleged to have obtained the sum by false pretence from one Etim Maurice.
The duo are facing a three -count charge bordering on conspiracy, felony, stealing and fraudulent obtaining, made against them by the police.
But they pleaded not guilty to the charges when read to them in the court.
The prosecutor, Superintendent of Police, Samson Ekikere said the defendants committed the alleged offences in October 2009 at Adeniran Ogunsanya, Surulere Lagos.
He posited that the defendants obtained the said sum from Maurice through Standard Chartered Bank under the false pretence of buying and delivering five Mack trucks made to carry his goods which they failed to deliver.
According to Ekikere, the offence is contrary to section 312 (1)(a)(b) and punishable under section 312(3) of the criminal Laws of Lagos State of Nigeira 2011.
Chief Magistrate Afunwa granted them bail in the sum of N5 million with two sureties who must be blood related, gainfully employed and must have verifiable addresses.
She further ordered that the defendants should not travel outside Lagos without the approval of the Court.
She also said that the defendants should deposit their international passports with the Court.
The Magistrate adjourned the matter to October 28, 2015 for trial.
It would be recalled that Essiet recently returned to Nigeria after a long sojourn in the US. Back in the days, he was known to sing alongside his late wife, Peggy, and has remained single since her demised.