Monday, 22 May 2017

Man in court over fraud


A 28-year-old man, Abraham Ehada, on Monday appeared before a Makurdi Chief Magistrate’s Court for allegedly conspiring with his friend to defraud a man of the sum of N300,000.

Ehada was charged with criminal conspiracy, cheating and advanced fee fraud, punishable under sections 97 and 324 of the penal code laws of Benue, 2004, and section 1(3) of the advanced fee fraud and other fraud-related offences act, 2006.

Prosecuting officer, Mr Hyacinth Gbakor, told the court that one Babangida Umar of Rice Mill, Wadata, Makurdi had reported the matter on May 15, at the State Criminal Investigation Department, Makurdi.

Gbakor quoted Umar as stating that sometime in October 2016, the accused person and his friend, one Sunday Adams, a resident of Awe Street, Makurdi conspired and told him that they had a Ford Bus Galaxy for sale at the rate of N900,000.

“Umar said that the duo collected N300,000 as deposit, and promised to bring the bus to him and collect the balance of N600,000.

“He further stated that after the accused and his friend collected the N300,000 deposit from him, they disappeared to an unknown destination,” the prosecution told the court.

He added that the accused person, who had been at large, was arrested during police investigation for committing the offences, while Adams was earlier arrested and charged before the same court.

The accused person, however, denied committing the offences and the prosecution asked for adjournment to enable it complete investigation.

The Chief Magistrate, Mr Isaac Ajim, granted bail to the accused person in the sum of N30,000 and two sureties in the same amount, and adjourned the matter till June 23, 2017 for further mention.

(The Nation)

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