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Court strikes out alleged fraud case against LG chairman

18 December 2012, 09:01

Abuja - An Abuja Area Court in Lugbe on Monday struck out a case of alleged breach of trust brought by one Mohammed Kolo against Alhassan Mohammed, the Chairman of Karu Local Government.

The Judge, Haruna Masanawa in a ruling, said that he struck out the case because the parties in the suit had agreed to settle out of court.

He said that the court had no choice but to strike out the case.

Kolo, a school principal in Niger, had dragged the council chairman to court for allegedly collecting the sum of N1 million to help him get two tickets for the pilgrimage to Mecca.

Kolo had alleged that the chairman failed to deliver on his promise and also failed to refund the money he collected from him.

He also alleged that after several efforts to recover the money from Mohammed proved abortive, he wanted the court to compel him to return his money.

He told the court that on receiving the court summons, the chairman refunded N900, 000 out of the N1 million that he had collected.

When the matter came up, Kolo told the court that the defendant had paid the balance of N100, 000 to him and there was no need to continue to with the matter.

He also told the court that they had written an undertaking to withdraw the matter from court settlement.

Masanawa held that there was no need to continue with the matter since both parties in the suit had agreed to settle the matter out of court and the plaintiff had acknowledged that he had been fully refunded his money.

He, therefore, struck the suit and ordered that same be removed from the court's list.


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