The police on Thursday, arraigned a 37-year old welder, Oji Yaro, in a Karmo Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, over allegedly absconding with N172, 000, belonging to his customer.
Yaro, who works at Dakibu village, Jabi Abuja, is charged with two counts of criminal breach of trust and cheating.
The Prosecution Counsel, Mrs Ijeoma Ukagha, told the court that the matter was reported by the complainant, George Okoh of the Holy Family Catholic Church, Life Camp Abuja, at the Life Camp Police Station on Sept. 6.
Ukagha alleged that sometime in July the complainant gave Yaro N172, 000 to construct handrails for his stairways but he fraudulently absconded with the money.
The prosecutor further told the court that the defendant could not provide satisfactory account of himself during police interrogation.
She said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 312 and 322 of the Penal Code.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The judge, Alhaji Inuwa Maiwada, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N50, 000 with a reliable surety in like sum.
He ordered that the surety must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and adjourned the case until Oct. 14 for further hearing.
Edited by Shittu Obassa/Sadiya Hamza