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Businessman in court over alleged N1m fraud

14 July 2015, 16:49

Abuja - A 39-year-old businessman, Aliyu Abdullahi, was on Tuesday arraigned in a Wuse Zone 2 Magistrates’ Court in Abuja for allegedly defrauding a customer of N1million.

Abdullahi, of No. 6, Tudumadu St., Masaka, Nasarawa State, is facing a two-court charge of criminal breach of trust and cheating.

The prosecutor, DSP Yusuf Auta, said that Mr Habib Ibrahim of No. 5, Kogi St., Phase 1, Yoruba Quarters, Jikwoyi, petitioned the AIG Zone 7, on Sept. 3, 2014.

According to the petition, the accused sometime in March 2014, dishonestly deceived the complainant and collected the sum of N1 million under the pretence to supply him Kerosene from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) depot.

He said that the accused failed to supply the kerosene as promised and deliberately converted the said MONEY into his own personal use.

Also read: Police arraign businessman over alleged N45 m diesel scam

Auta said that during the Police investigation, the sum of N140,000 was recovered from the accused.

The prosecutor said that the offences contravened the provisions of Sections 312 and 322 of the Penal Code.

The accused however pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Magistrate, Mr Shuaibu Usman, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N500,000 with a surety in like sum.

Usman ordered that the surety must be a Civil Servant on Grade Level 10, while photocopies of his/her pay slips from January to June should be submitted to the Court Registrar.

He adjourned the case till Sept. 2, for hearing. 



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