POLICE have arraigned a 36-year-old man Joe Abimaje, in a Karmo Grade I Area Court, Abuja, for allegedly impersonating staff of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC).
Abimaje, who resides in Katampe, Abuja, is charged with breach of trust, cheating, impersonation and forgery.
The Prosecutor, Mrs Ijeoma Ukagha, told the court that the matter was reported by Ms Onyinye Okereke, at the Life Camp Police Station on March 10.
Ukagha alleged that the defendant forged an AEDC Identity card and pretended to be a staff and fraudulently collected a contract to construct a 33KV high tension wires for N4.6 million.
Ukagha told the court that the complainant gave the defendant N3.7 million as part payment but he allegedly converted the money to his personal use.
She said all efforts to recover the N3.7 million from him failed.
The prosecution counsel further told the court that the defendant could not provide a satisfactory account of himself during police interrogation.
She said that the offence contravened the provisions of sections 312, 322, 364 and 244 of the Penal Code.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The Judge, Alhaji Inuwa Maiwada, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N5 million with a reliable surety in like sum.
He ruled that the surety must be a GL 14 officer in the Federal Civil Service and must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and adjourned the case until Sept. 25 for further hearing. (NAN)
– May 21, 2020 @ 17:05 GMT |