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Fashion designer in court for allegedly cheating corps member

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A 35-year-old fashion designer, Cecelia Agu, is standing trial in a Karu Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, for allegedly cheating a corps member to the tune of N90,000, but was granted N 200, 000.

The judge, Malam Hassan Ishaq, who granted the bail, also ordered Agu to produce a surety in like sum.

He adjourned the case till May 10 for hearing.

Agu had denied committing the offence that contravened Section 322 of the Penal Code.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Mahmud Ismail, had informed the court that one Grace Akinlabi, on April 13, reported the matter at the Maitama Police Station.

He said that the complainant alleged that towards the end of her National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme in October 2016, she approached the defendant to train her in sewing.

“ The complainant met the defendant whose shop is located at Wuse, Abuja, for a three-month apprenticeship course, and Agu charged her N135, 000.

“ After they both agreed to the amount, the complainant made a cash deposit of N 90, 000 into the Diamond Bank account of the defendant in December 2016,’’ Ismail said.

The prosecutor told the court that after receiving the N 90,000, the defendant called the complainant on phone to tell her to hold on for a while.

“ She told her that she has to wait until she gets new apprentices, then she can join them to learn.’’

The prosecutor told the court that after waiting for four months, Akinlabi approached the defendant to refund the money due to breach of agreement.

He said that the defendant admitted to committing the offence during police investigation.

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