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Salesman in court over dud cheques

25 October 2013, 07:38Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned an Abuja sales representative before the Plateau State High Court in Jos after he allegedly issued fraudulent cheques to pay back his company for the tyres he allegedly stole.

Kingsley Uche Ezeji before Justice Othman, on a six-count charge including theft and issuance of dud cheques.

The accused, a sales representative of Fareast Mercantile Company Limited in Abuja, allegedly collected goods worth N4.5m from the company’s warehouse in 2011 without delivering the goods to the consignee.

In an attempt to pay back the money, the suspect allegedly issued three Diamond Bank cheques which were returned unpaid.

Part of the charge sheet reads, “That you, Kingsley Uche Ezeji sometime in September 2011 in Jos within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, being an employee of Fareast Mercantile Co. Ltd and in such capacity was entrusted with Firestone tyres worth the sum of N1 423 139.00, did dishonestly dispose of the Firestone tyres in violation of the Company policy touching the discharge of such products and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 311 of the Penal Code Law, Cap.532 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004 and punishable under section 312 of the same Act.”

The accused pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to him.

The case has been adjourned to December 9 for commencement of trial. Ezeji was granted N800 000 bail and surety to the same amount.

– CAJ News



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