By Patience Yakubu
Kaduna, – A 40-year-old businessman, Adamu Saleh, who allegedly defrauded a woman of N2.3 million was on Tuesday arraigned in a Kaduna Chief Magistrates’ Court.
Saleh was alleged to have obtained the money on the pretext of investing it in a motorcycle business.
The defendant who resides in Rigasa, Kaduna, is facing a two-count charge of stealing and obtaining money under false pretences.
The Prosecutor, Insp. Chidi Leo, told the court that the defendant committed the offences in July 2020.
Leo said that the defendant fraudulently collected the sum of N2.3 million from Hajiya Zainab Farouq, with an assurance of investing it in a motorcycle business, a representation he knew to be untrue.
He said that the defendant collected the money from the complainant and thereafter converted it to his personal use.
The prosecutor said that the defendant disappeared after collecting the money from the complainant.
“All efforts to retrieve the money from him proved abortive,’’ Loe told the court.
According to him, the offences contravened Sections 271 and 243 of the Kaduna State Penal Code.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him.
The Chief Magistrate, Ibrahim Emmanuel, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N200,000, with two surety in like sum.
Emmanuel said that the sureties must be gainfully employed and must have evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Kaduna State government.
The magistrate adjourned the case till Nov. 16, for hearing. (NAN)