From Edwin Olofu, Kano
A 43-year old man, Hamisu Musa, has been arraigned at a Magistrates Court, sitting at No-mans-land, in Kano metropolis, for allegedly defrauding one Isma’ila Aminu of N20m.
The prosecutor, Inspector Suleiman Ibrahim, told the court that sometimes in July, Aminu of Yalwa quarters, Kano, reported the matter at Bompai Police Division, Kano.
The report said Musa and five others, now at large, conspired and deceitfully collected the sum of N20 million from Aminu.
The prosecutor added that, the complainant said that the accused persons promised to supply him with a petroleum product (AGO) from Brass in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state.
He further said that the accused converted the money to their own personal use and whenever the complainant asked for the product or his money, they threatened to kill him.
But when the charges were read to him, the accused pleaded not guilty.
However, magistrate Ibrahim Khalil, said the accused is charged with criminal conspiracy, breach of trust, cheating and intimidation, adding that the offence contravenes sections 97,312,322 and 397 of the Penal Code.
In his verdict, Mr. Khalil granted the accused bail in the sum of N3 million and two reasonable sureties.
He added that one of the sureties should be a civil servant of grade level 10, while the second should be a Ward Head with a certificate of landed property within Kano metropolis and verified by the court.
He adjourned the case to 19th January 19, 2015, for further trial.