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Police arraign market association chairman for swindling trader of N150, 000

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The police on Thursday arraigned the chairman of Gosa market association, Kalu Peter, in a Lugbe Area Court, Abuja, for allegedly defrauding a trader of N150,000.

Peter, is charged with two counts of breach of trust and cheating.

The Prosecution Counsel, Austin Urom, told the court that Mr Nelson Emmanuel of Gosa Angwan tailor Airport road reported the matter at the Iddo Police Station, Abuja, on April 21.

Urom alleged that on Dec. 20, 2018 the defendant, collected N150, 000 from the complainant to buy bell of  second-hand clothes for him.

He alleged that the defendant failed to deliver the said bell of clothes and the N150, 000 to the complainant.

Urom said that all efforts made by the complainant to collect the money, failed.

The prosecutor told the court that on April 20, the defendant wrote an undertaking to pay N40,00 monthly but also defaulted.

The offence, he said, contravened the provisions 0f sections 312 and 322 of the Penal Code.

The defendant pleaded not guilty

Mr Mabam-okeh Celestine, Counsel to Peter, made an oral application for the bail of the defendant, citing Sections 35 (4) and 36 (5) of the 1999 Constitution.

Celestine also cited Sections 158, 161 and 165 (2) of the Administration of the Criminal Justice Act.

He also told the court that the defendant will not jump bail nor intimidate the witness in or any further investigation in the case.

The prosecutor, however, did not oppose the oral application for bail of the defendant.

The judge, Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq,admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N50, 000 with a reasonable surety in like sum.

Sadiq ordered that the surety must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and adjourned the case until Sept. 12 for hearing.

edited by Sadiya Hamza

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