Po­lice ar­raign elec­tri­cian over N.3m fraud

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Emma Elekwa

A 27-year-old elec­tri­cian has been ar­raigned be­fore an Abuja Grade 1 Area Court over an al­leged N360,000 pre­paid me­tre fraud.

Isaac Bala of Mararaba, Nasarawa State, was charged with crim­i­nal breach of trust and cheat­ing, of­fences con­trary to sec­tions 312 and 322 of the pe­nal code.

The po­lice pros­e­cu­tor, DSP Egwu An­thony, told the court that the com­plainant, Adekunle Musa, of Sabon-Gari, Bwari, on Oc­to­ber 7, re­ported at the Kubwa Po­lice Sta­tion, that he en­trusted the ac­cused with N360,000 to in­stall eight pre­paid me­tres at his boss’ house at Dawaki, as well to change the ser­vice wire and to erase his pre­vi­ous ac­count for him.

He said the ac­cused in­stalled only two pre­paid me­ters and re­fused to do the re­main­ing, adding that all ef­fort to re­cover the money or to com­pel him to com­plete the work, proved abortive.

When the charges were read to the ac­cused, he pleaded not guilty, and was granted bail in the sum of N300,000 by the judge, Mo­hammed Marafa, with one rea­son­able surety who must be res­i­dent within the court’s ju­ris­dic­tion.

The case was ad­journed Novem­ber 17 for hear­ing.

Sim­i­larly, two per­sons were ar­raigned be­fore the same court for al­legedly con­vert­ing a car given to them for busi­ness to their per­sonal use.

Dick­son Moses, 41, and Lucky Oboh, 27, were charged with crim­i­nal breach of trust and cheat­ing, of­fences con­trary to sec­tions 312

to and 322 of the pe­nal code.

The po­lice pros­e­cu­tor, DSP Egwu An­thony, told the court that one Regina Christo­pher of Dei-dei, on Au­gust 26, com­plained at the Kubwa Po­lice Sta­tion, of how she en­trusted her Toy­ota Corolla car with reg­is­tra­tion No. BK 610 GWA val­ued at N450,000 to the ac­cused to work with and re­mit the money.

He said the ac­cused how­ever con­nived with one Lucky Oboh of Jaji Street, Kubwa and con­verted the said car to his per­sonal use.

When the charges were read to the ac­cused, they pleaded not guilty, and were granted bail in the sum of N100,000 by the judge, Mo­hammed Marafa, with one rea­son­able surety who must be res­i­dent within the court’s ju­ris­dic­tion.

The case was ad­journed De­cem­ber 2 for hear­ing.

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Photo: Onyekachukwu Obi

En­gine oil traders sleep at their road­side shade in Dei-dei, Bwari Area Coun­cil, re­cently.

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