Abuja - A 27-year-old man, Mike Joseph of Kurudimawa, Asokoro, Abuja, was on Thursday arraigned at the Karu Senior Magistrates’ Court for alleged criminal conspiracy, impersonation and cheating.
Police prosecutor Eze Okwuchuckwu told the court that among those who reported the matter at the Garki Police Station, were Christiana Yunana, Lydia Samuel, Simi Titus, Samuel Yakubu, and Rebecca Yunana. Okwuchuckwu said that on Dec. 24, 2012, Joseph, and Emmanuel Bala of no fix address and who is now at large, claimed to be officers of the National Assembly.
"They conspired and collected the sum of N235,000 from the complainants on the pretence of securing jobs for them at the National Assembly. They failed to secure the jobs for them, while all effort to recover the money from them, proved abortive,” he said.
He said that the offence contravened the provisions of Sections 97, 132 and 323 of the Penal Code. The accused pleaded guilty, but said that he only collected N5,500 from one of the complainants. "The remaining amount was collected by Bala," he said.
When asked if he has any reason why the court should not convict him, he said "I came from a poor background. I knew Bala when he staying in my brother’s house. He took me once to his office at the National Assembly and this made me to believe that he was working there,” he added. The accused further said that Bala did not give him a dime from the money he collected "but he sometimes buys me food and drinks, that is all’’. Senior Magistrate Bashiru Alkali, citing Section 157 (1) of the criminal procedure code on summary trial, convicted the accused, but reserved sentencing to Jan. 24.
He ordered that the convict to be remanded in police custody, and gave an order for Bala to be arrested and brought to court on Jan. 24.