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Driver docked for allegedly absconding with commercial vehicle

07 September 2013, 10:18

Makurdi - A driver, Joshua Kungwa, 27, of Abande Community in the Kwande Local Government Area of Benue, was on Friday arraigned before a Makurdi Chief Magistrates' Court charged with alleged criminal breach of trust.

The Prosecuting Police Officer, Inspector Augustine Ubam, told the court that one Usman Ichada of No. 7, Tordonga Str., Wadata, Makurdi, reported the matter on Aug. 21 at the State Criminal Investigation Department.

The complainant reported that he had entrusted his 10-seater bus with registration number XB 550 MKD, valued at N650 000 to the accused person for commercial purposes.

He explained that they agreed that the accused person would be remitting N2 500 daily as returns.

He said, however, that the accused person, who took the bus on July 25, had absconded with the vehicle to an unknown destination and never remitted a dime to him.

During police investigation, the accused was arrested and he confessed to the crime.

The prosecutor said that the offense was contrary to Section 313 of the Penal Code.

When the case came up for mention, the accused denied the allegations leveled against him.

The prosecutor informed the court that investigation into the matter was ongoing and asked for another date for mention.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Cecilia Bakare, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N100,000 and a surety in the same amount.

However, the accused could not get a surety for his bail, so he was remanded in prison custody.

Bakare adjourned the matter to Sept. 26 for mention.



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