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The police on Friday arraigned two friends in an Upper Area Court in Karmo Abuja,  over money doubling scam.

The police charged Insikak Mathias, 33, and Joseph James, 35, who all reside in Zango Village Abuja, with joint act, criminal breach of trust and cheating.

The police prosecutor, Ijeoma Ukagha, told the court that one Clement Success of Gwagwa village Abuja reported the matter at the Life Camp Police Station Abuja on Feb. 25.

Ukagha said the complainant reported that sometimes in September 2018, around Galadima round-about, Abuja, the defendants met her and pleaded for assistance.

He said that Success said they deceived her into believing that they where foreigners whose goods had been seized by the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS),

“They tricked her using white papers that they claimed they soaked it a bucket of water mixed with a substance and the papers later turned to money.

“The defendants allegedly told her to give them money so they can buy the chemical to produce money so that they can all share.’’

The prosecutor said the complainant gave them N17, 000, and she never saw them again until they were arrested.

The prosecutor said the offence contravened the provisions of section 79, 312 and 322 of the Penal Code.

However, the defendants denied committing the offence.

The judge, Alhaji Inuwa Maiwada, admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N200, 000 with one surety each in like sum.

He ordered that the sureties must be civil servants in the Federal Civil Service not below level 09 .

Maiwada ordered that the surety must produce a copy of their appointment letters and last promotion letter.

The judge further ordered that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction.

Maiwada adjourned the case until April 8, for further hearing.

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