Police arraign chef for alleged criminal breach of trust, cheating

The Police, on Thursday, arraigned a 42-year-old Chef, Paul Afolabi, before a Kado Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, over alleged criminal breach of trust and cheating.

The Police, on Thursday, arraigned a 42-year-old Chef, Paul Afolabi, before a Kado Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, over alleged criminal breach of trust and cheating.

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The police charged Afolabi, of Mbahi Street, One-man Village Maraba, Abuja, with criminal breach of trust and cheating.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Prosecution Counsel, Stanley Nwafoaku, told the court that, on June 4, at about 6:00 p.m., Mr Emmanuel Sunday, of Chocolate Mall, Wuse II, Abuja, reported the matter at Wuse Zone 3 Police Station.

Nwafoaku said that in December 2022, the complainant entrusted the sum of N1,280,000 to the defendant to expand his foodstuff business, with an agreement to pay the money back after one month.

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He said that the defendant breached the agreement by not paying back on the stipulated date, thereby converting the money to his personal use.

The Prosecution Counsel said that Afolabi admitted to the crime during the police investigation.

He said that the offences contravene the provisions of Sections 312 and 322 of the Penal Code Law.

The Defence Counsel, Charity Nwosu, made an oral bail application, citing Section 36 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and Section 158 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA), 2015.

He assured that the defendant would not jump bail if granted.

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Nwafoaku, however, did not object to the bail application made by the defence counsel.

The Judge, Muhammed Wakili, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N300,000, with one surety in like sum.

Wakili said that the surety must provide a BVN printout, a recent passport photograph and a valid identification card which must be verified by the court registrar.

The judge, thereafter, adjourned the matter till July 10 for a hearing.

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