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Two arraigned in FCT court for swindling clients of N700,000

Two property agents, Nafiu Usman and Maxwell Daniel, have appeared before an Upper Area Court, Karu, Abuja, for allegedly misappropriating and swindling clients of N700,000.

The defendants are facing charges bordering on criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust, cheating and criminal misappropriation.

Prosecution Counsel, Ade Adeyanju, told the court that sometime in September, the defendants went to Aunguwan Tiv Karu, Abuja, and deceived the community about a fake promo by a top telecoms service provider.

In the process, the defendants gathered the complainants at the Health Plaza located at Mararaba, Nasarawa State and tricked them into providing their bank details, including their Bank Verification Numbers (BVN), and forwarded same to an easy-buy company.

Mr Adeyanju said the defendants went ahead to use the complainants’ bank details to collect expensive phones, valued at N700,000.

He also told the court that the easy-buy company had since been deducting monies from the complainants’ respective bank accounts.

During police investigation, it was discovered that there were other people who had also been defrauded by the defendants.

According to Mr Adeyanju, the offences contravene the provisions of Sections 97(2), 312, 322 and 309 of the Penal Code.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them.

The Judge, Hassan Mohammed, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N500,000 each, with one surety each who must have verified addresses and must reside within the court’s jurisdiction.

The judge, thereafter, adjourned the case till December 22 for further hearing.

Writing by Muzha Kucha; Editing by Tony Okerafor