A driver, Salisu Abubakar, 22, who pleaded guilty to duping his employer, Mr. Cyprain Michael, of N71,000, was on Wednesday discharged by an Abuja Senior Magistrates’ court.
Abubakar, of Gwagwa-Karmo Village, Abuja was charged with criminal breach of trust and cheating.
“I am sorry I used the money for my personal needs; but I promise to pay N20,000 today and pay up the balance in four days’ time,’’ the accused said.
The Senior Magistrate, Mr. Abdullateef Abolaji, struck out the case and discharged the accused.
“I advise that the two parties should explore amicable settlement with the involvement of the police, because the transaction leading to the case is largely civil in nature.
“In view of the present situation, the court hereby terminates the first information report (FIR) of the accused, as further investigation and settlement continues with the police,’’ Abolaji said.
Abolaji said, “the FIR, No CR/356/2014, against Salisu Abubakar, a driver of Gwagwa-Karmo Village, Abuja, is hereby terminated and the accused discharged.’’
Earlier, Cpl. Simon Emmanuel had told the court that Mr Cyprain Michael of Kado Estate, Phase 11, Abuja, reported the matter at the Life Camp Police Station, Abuja, on April 28.
Emmanuel said the complainant reported that he gave his Toyota Hiace Bus to the accused person to use for commercial purpose.
He said both the complainant and Abubakar had an agreement for the accused to remit N5,000 daily.
He said Abubakar breached the contract and criminally refused to remit N33, 000 which was the proceed from the business and also embezzled the registration fee of N38,000 for the vehicle.(NAN)