Trader, 41, Docked over Alleged Refusal to Settle N640,000 Debt

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A 41-year-old trader, Victor Okocha, was on Friday arraigned in a Wuse Zone 2 Senior Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, over alleged refusal to settle N640,000 debt.
Okocha is facing charges of criminal breach of trust and cheating.
The prosecutor, Cpl. Christian Munaonye, told the court that Okocha of Efab Estate, Abuja, collected goods valued at N640,000 from one Maureen Ezeonu and refused to pay.
Munaonye told the court that on April 8, Ezeonu of Zone 1, Wuse, Abuja, reported the matter at Wuse Police Station.
He said that sometimes in April 2013, Okocha collected goods (clothes) from Ezeonu valued at N640,000 and promised to pay back the money after sales.
He said the accused did not pay the money or return the goods and also refused to pick her calls.
The prosecutor said that the accused was however sighted at Wuse Market on April 9, and was arrested by the police.
The offences, he said, contravened Sections 312, and 322 of the Penal Code.
The accused pleaded not guilty.
Counsel to the accused, Mr Boniface Udeh, applied for bail, saying that the accused was a ‘’reasonable man doing a legitimate business, he would not jump bail if granted.’’
The Senior Magistrate, Mr Celestine Odo, granted the accused bail in the sum of N200,000 and a surety in like sum.
Odo also ordered that the surety must be a person with a reasonable means of livelihood and adjourned the case till June 16 for hearing.

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