The police, yesterday arraigned a businessman, Eze Onyebuchi, 30, in a Grade 1 Area Court in Kado, Abuja, for defrauding his business partner of N240,000.Onyebuchi, who resides at 21 Road, Corner Shop, Gwarimpa Estate, Abuja, is charged with cheating.
The prosecutor, Sgt. Saliu Mohammed, told the court that the complainant, Mr. Ifeanyi Henry, of no 4, Hosni Mubarak Close, Asokoro, Abuja, lodged the complaint at the Gwarimpa Police Station, Abuja, on April 5.
According to Mohammed, the accused person issued the complainant a post-dated Keystone Bank Plc cheque on Aug. 3, 2013, after doing business with him for the said amount.
The prosecutor said “the accused person intentionally issued a post-dated cheque to Henry, knowing very well that he didn’t have such amount in his account.’’
Mohammed added that when the complainant presented the cheque at the bank, it was returned and was told there was no such amount in the account.
He said that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 322 of the Penal Code. If found guilty, he is liable to not less than three years’ imprisonment, with an option to pay a fine or both.
However, the accused person pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The presiding judge, Mr. Abubakar Saddiq, granted bail to the accused person in the sum of N20, 000 with a surety in like sum, who must be resident within the court’s jurisdiction.
He then adjourned the case until April 22 for further hearing. (NAN)