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In Abuja 2 men docked over alleged N9.9m sales scam, locally made gun

Two men have been arraigned over charges of criminal conspiracy, breach of trust, cheating and unlawful possession of locally made gun.

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A Gudu Upper Area Court on Monday arraigned two men, Joseph Ikechukwu and Paul Nwogha allegedly accused of N9.9 million sales scam and unlawful possession of fabricated gun.

The accused are facing a four-count charge of criminal conspiracy, breach of trust, cheating and unlawful possession of locally made gun.

The accused persons, however, pleaded not guilty and requested for bail.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Mr Donatus Abah told the court that Daniel Chukwukelu of Hammer Smith Company, Garki reported the case to the Area Commander Metro, Abuja on Nov.18, 2016.

Abah said the matter was later transferred to the Federal Capital Territory Police Command.

The prosecutor said the first defendant, Ikechukwu was a sales man at Hammer Smith Company and was entrusted with the company’s goods valued at N9.9 million for sale.

“It was for him to make sales and remit the proceeds to the company.

“Instead, he sold the goods and converted the proceeds to his personal use,’’Abah said.

Abah said when he was later apprehended over the matter, he said he gave the proceeds to Nwogha to keep for him.

He also said that on Dec.12, 2016, the police traced the second defendant, Nwogha, to No. 44 Church Street, Jos, Plateau and executed a search warrant on him.

The prosecutor said “one locally made gun and two live cartridges were recovered from him.’’

He said the second defendant, Nwogha, could not give a satisfactory account of the items discovered in his house.

Abah said the offence was contrary to Sections 97, 312, 322 and 309 of the Penal Code.

The Upper Area Court judge, Mr Umar Kagarko admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N300, 000 each.

Kagarko also ordered that each defendant should produce a reliable surety, who must reside within the jurisdiction of the court.

He subsequently adjourned hearing in the case till May 17.

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