MARARABA – The police In Nasarawa State on Wednesday arraigned three traders in a Senior Magistrates’ Court in Mararaba for giving false information about a businessman.
Those arraigned are Maria Yawusa, 35; Daniel Yawusa, 40; and Joy Ayuba, 28, all residents of Auta Balefi in Karu Local Government of Nasarawa State.
Insp, Joseph Ahua, police prosecutor, told the court that the accused on April 1, at about 7.30 p.m., lodged a false report on Mr Ifeanyi Ifegeme, a businessman, that he was involved in “one chance”.
“One chance” involves passengers entering vehicles operated by fraudsters.
Ahua told the court that the police found out later that the allegations were false.
He said that when police found that the allegations were untrue, it charged accused persons with the three counts of
conspiracy, defamation of character and giving police false information.
He said the offence was punishable under sections 97, 392 and 393 of the Penal Code.
If found guilty, they are liable to imprisonment for up to 10 years or with option of fine.
After the charges were read to them, they pleaded not guilty.
Mr Gabriel Okpeke, counsel to the accused persons, made oral application for bail of his clients.
He urged the court to grant them bail on liberal terms.
The Magistrate, Mr Habila Abundaga, granted them bail for N200,000, with one surety each.
Abundaga ordered the sureties to deposit two passport-sized photographs with the court’s regisrar.(NAN)