A 24-year-old farmer, Zakari Mohammed, on Wednesday appeared before a Zuba Upper Area Court, Abuja, for allegedly swindling his employer of N250,000.
Mohammed of the Shanagu community in the Zuba area of Abuja is being tried for criminal breach of trust and cheating.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Prosecution Counsel, Chinedu Ogada, told the court that the complainant, Fidelis Simon of New Nyanya in Karu, Nasarawa State, reported the matter at Zuba Police Station on June 4.
The prosecutor alleged that sometime in January, Simon allegedly had an agreement with Mohammed in which a vehicle for commercial purposes was entrusted in the care of the defendant.
Ogada alleged that both of them agreed that the defendant would remit the sum of N50,000 to the complainant’s account monthly from the transport business.
He told the court that the defendant was in possession of the vehicle for five months, which amounted to N250,000.
The prosecutor said that the defendant allegedly failed to remit the amount as agreed.
Besides, Ogada alleged that the defendant, who had damaged the vehicle beyond repairs, also escaped but was arrested by the police.
Ogada said the offence contravened the provision of sections 312 and 322 of the Penal Code Law.
The Presiding Judge, Umar Angulu, however, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N500, 000, with one surety in like sum.
Angulu ordered that the surety must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and have a reliable means of livelihood and identity card, which must be verified by the court registrar.
The judge adjourned the case until Nov.23, for a hearing.