The police have arraigned a 30-year old driver, Friday Ibuhor, in a Gudu Upper Area court, in Abuja, charged with criminal conspiracy, breach of trust and cheating.
The prosecutor, Ambi Gambo, told the court that the accused, a resident of Kado Kuchi in Abuja, committed the alleged offence sometimes in September 2013.
Gambo said a complainant, Julius Esin of Durumi in Garki, Abuja, reported the matter at the Durumi Divisional Police Station, Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
He said Esin, sometime in September 2013, handed over his Nissan bus to the accused for commercial use on an agreement that he (accused) would be remitting N15, 000 weekly to him.
The prosecutor added that “Friday Ibuhor worked used the car for 15 days and refused to pay the agreed amount, which total was N30, 000.
He said “the accused person, instead, conspired with one Yinka Adeyemi and Ikem Ugo of the same address but who are now at large, and took the bus to an unknown destination.’’
The prosecutor further told the court that the police later recovered the bus, valued at N1million but it was vandalised.
He added that the accused person had confessed committing the crime during investigation, noting that the offences contravened the provisions of sections 97, 312, 322 and 326 of the Penal Code.
However, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the accused person pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The presiding judge, Malam Umar Kagarko, granted bail to the accused in the sum of N100, 000 and a surety in like sum.
He adjourned hearing on the case till a later dsate.