By Blessing Ibegbu
Abuja – The police on Wednesday arraigned 28-year-old electrician, Ezekiel Samuel,in a Karu Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, for allegedly buying a `dead’ car engine for his customer.
The defendant, who resides at Orozo, Abuja, is facing a two-count charge of criminal breach of trust and cheating, offences he denied committing.
The prosecutor, Edwin Ochayi, told the court that one Joseph Nweke of Jikwoyi, Abuja, reported the matter at the Karu Police Station, Abuja, on Sept. 9.
“The complainant alleged that on Aug. 8, he entrusted N180,000 to the defendant to buy a V6 car engine for him.
“But with intent to cheat the complainant, the defendant bought a `dead engine.’
“During police investigation, the defendant admitted to have committed the crime and promised to go to Lagos and exchange the `dead engine’ for original one, but reneged on his promise,” Ochayi told the court.
The prosecutor said that the offences contravened the provisions of Sections 312 and 322 of the Penal Code.
The judge, Sani Mohammed, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N200, 000, with one surety in like sum and adjourned the case until Oct. 30 for hearing.