A housewife, Njideka Egurani, of No. 29, Suleman Sani Crescent, Aso Drive, was Tuesday dragged before an Abuja Senior Magistrates’ Court for allegedly fraudulently collecting N40m from a client for accommodation which is criminal conspiracy, cheating and breach of trust.
Police prosecutor, Godwin Ijioma, told the court that on May 23, one Michael Ozigi reported the accused to the Inspector General of Police.
Ijioma said Ozigi reported that the accused and one Irhiogbe Kenneth, fraudulently collected N40 million from him for a house.
He said they promised to give Ozigi a house of two three-bedroom semi-detached bungalow situated at No. 9, Port Novo Street, Wuse 2, Abuja.
Ijioma said the duo failed to deliver the said property to Ozigi and instead, sold it to another person who is currently occupying them.
He said the accused and Kenneth have yet to refund the money to the complainant, and that the offences of criminal conspiracy, cheating and breach of trust were contrary to Sections 97, 322 and 312 of the Penal Code.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges and her counsel, Gabriel Egbule, urged the court to grant her bail. “This application is based on Section 341 (2) of the Criminal Procedure Code and Section 36 of the 1999 Constitution as amended,’’ the counsel said.
“The above authorities cited say that an accused person has a right to bail and is presumed innocent until proven guilty, and bail is also at the discretion of the court.”