A driver, Yunusa Mohammed, 35, was on Tuesday arraigned at a Magistrates’ Court in Gwagwalada, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), for allegedly swindling a businessman of N400,000.
The police charged Mohammed of Bako village extension, Kwali Area Council, Abuja with two counts of criminal breach of trust and cheating.
The Police Prosecutor, Emeka Ihekoronye, told the court that in October 2019, the defendant collected the Certificate of Occupancy (CofO) for Plot No. 442 Paiko Kure village, valued at N400,000, which belonged to Yahaya Sule.
He said that the defendant sold the land and converted the money to his personal use.
He said that the offence contravened the provisions of Sections 317 and 322 of the Penal Code.
The defendant, who pleaded not guilty, told the court that he did not sell the land but used it as a collateral to borrow money to pay his son’s schools fees.
The Magistrate, Mr Yusuf Ibrahim, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N100, 000 with two sureties in like sum.
The magistrate, who ordered that the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction, later adjourned the case to Oct. 14 for hearing.