Trader in court for allegedly defrauding businesswoman of N1.7m


A trader, Obi Peter, who allegedly defrauded a businesswoman of N1. 7 million, on Thursday appeared in an Upper Area Court sitting in Zuba, Abuja.

Peter, who resides in Dei-Dei, Abuja, is charged with obtaining under false pretences and cheating contrary to Section 322 of the Penal Code.

The prosecution counsel, Mr Chinedu Ogada, told that court that the defendant committed the offence on Oct. 19 at 11.30 a.m..

Ogada alleged that the complainant, Ms Monica Utaki, who lives in Jikwoyi phase I, Abuja reported the matter at the Zuba Police Station.

He alleged that Peter and four others, now at large, collected N1.7 million from Utaki with a promise to supply her with artificial human hair, women wrappers and other goods.

After collecting the money, he said that Peter and his accomplices  did not supply the goods .

After the charge was read to him, he pleaded not guilty.

Defence Counsel, A.G. Innabosi, applied for bail for his client, relying on Section 36 of the 1999 Constitution and Sections 162, 165 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.

He added that his client when granted bail, will not tamper with the Police investigation on the matter.

In his ruling, the Presiding Upper Area Court Judge, Mr Gambo Garba, admitted the suspect to bail in the sum of N1 million and one surety in like sum.

Garba ordered that the surety must reside within the jurisdiction of the court and must be a civil servant not below GL10 and above.

He adjourned the case until Nov. 20, for hearing


– November 14, 2019 @ 18:30 GMT |

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