Johnny was earlier arraigned before magistrate Nike .O , at court 14 of the magistrate Court sitting at Ebutte Metta , Lagos, on August 23, 2018 for obtaining 3million under false pretense from a claimant ( name withheld) for a transaction non in existence.
He flew for months. However, when his mother who stood as surety was lockup at panti he resurfaced. Then arraigned alongside with his mom.
Both of them bail was later secured. However , Johnny spent several months before his bail conditions was reviewed and released.
Since the matter began they have engaged the services of about 6 different lawyers. Attempt for his lawyer to move an application to change the case from criminal to civil matter was rejected since the prosecutor absconded since they were arraigned.
Magistrate Nike, at the last adjourned date warned the accused and their lawyer, who was absent in the court that she will not entertain any delay tactic’s and attempt to frustrate the case.
She warned the court designated prosecutor who has been fanning ignorance of the matter to enter into appearance. Magistrate insisted the IPO ,is the representatives from Panti for any criminal matter in court 14, told her at the next adjourned date she must get the case file and enter appearance.
The accused persons was told to come up with settlement terms and reach out to the claimant before the next adjourned date.
When the case was called for mentioning yesterday, February 28, 2019 the accused counsel attempted to move the application again to change case to civil matter despite the fact he claimed the IPO has refused to finish him with the necessary evidence, the counsel application was rejected.
Another drama ensued again when the supposed designated IPO from panti after a strong warning at the last sitting ordering her to get the case file and enter appearance. Also, attempted to give same excuses again the court when the case was called for mention , her action provoked the magistrate’s , who strongly worded the court designated prosecutor.
Johnny bassey claimed he has collateral with the claimant valued at about 800,000. The claimant debunked his claims that the total survey station he presented is valueless and it’s has inscription of Lagos state government property on it , which was in the possession of the accused late father before he died. Adding that the money was given to him not on the basis of the collateral but church membership.
The second collateral an antique Honda accord reported less than 300,000 at owode onirin market told doesn’t belong to him but his Friend , who has being the disturbing the claimant in an attempt to retrieve it unsuccessfully. The accused who initially claimed he owns it at the point of collecting the 3m, confessed he said borrowed him the car for the purpose of obtaining the 3m.
The owner was ordered to appear in court on April 9 , to show of proof ownership and his role in the whole development.
When the accused were asked what arrangement do they have for the claimant, they presented the sum of 150,000 to the court and handover to the claimant.
Magistrate advised them to come up with settlement terms at the next adjourned date. The magistrate the general public to be wary of financial business transactions amongst Church goer’s. Adding that lot of cases related to churches has been handled by her. Consequently, congregation are enjoined to focus on their God and worship alone.
The case was adjourned to April 9, 2019 for mention.