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Businessman in court for fraud

19 December 2013, 06:31

Abuja - The police on Wednesday arraigned a 24-year-old businessman, Abubakar Mohammed, in an FCT Senior Magistrates' Court in Karu for criminal conspiracy and cheating by impersonation.

The accused is alleged to have posed as the personal assistant to the Minister of FCT, Bala Mohammed, to defraud the Controller-General of Immigration of N700 000.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Atteh Effiong, told the court that the accused was arrested on December 4 on the instruction of the minister who wanted the police to carry out a thorough investigation into the matter.

The prosecutor said that the offences of criminal conspiracy and cheating by impersonation contravened sections 97 and 322 of the Penal Code.

Effiong said N350 000 was recovered from the accused.

Mohammed however pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Counsel to the accused Alex Etim made an oral application for bail of his client, saying the accused had been in police custody for 15 days before he was finally arraigned.

Senior Magistrate Bashir Alkali Alkali granted the application of the counsel by admitting the accused to bail in the sum of N500 000 with two reliable sureties in like sum.

He said that the sureties must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court and that one of the sureties must be a Federal Civil Servant not below Grade Level 10.

He then adjourned the case to Febuary 11.

-    NAN

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