Businessman in court for allegedly duping customer of N1.1m


A 35-year-old businessman, Wasiu Saka, on Monday appeared in a Karu Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, for allegedly duping his customer of N1.1 million.

Saka, a businessman, dealing in Timber and a resident of Kafanchan, Kaduna State, is facing charges of criminal breach of trust, cheating and criminal misappropriation, offences he denied committing.

The prosecutor, Ayotunde Adeyanju, told the court that the victim, one Ibrahim Momoh, reported the matter at the Karu Police Station on June 8.

Adeyanju said the complainant alleged that he entrusted the sum of N1.1 million to the defendant in agreement for supply of timber.

He said the defendant, with the intent to cheat the complainant, failed to supply the agreed timber, and rather converted the said money into his personal use.

The prosecutor said the defendant had refused picking up the complainant’s calls, until he was traced and arrested on June 8.

According to him, the offences contravene Sections 312, 322 and 309 of the Penal Code.

The judge, Inuwa Maiwada, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N1.5 million and one surety in like sum.

Maiwada said the surety must be a civil servant of grade level 10.

He adjourned the case until July 7, for hearing.