A Wuse Zone 6 Magistrates’ Court, sitting in Abuja, on Friday sentenced a 28-year-old a taxi driver, Friday Haruna to nine month imprisonment for defrauding his business partner of N305,000.
The police charged Haruna, who lives in Mpape Abuja, with criminal breach of trust and cheating.
Magistrate Linda Chida sentenced Haruna, after he pleaded guilty and begged the court for leniency.
In his plea, the convict admitted guilt and attributed his actions to pressure from his family.
In her ruling, the Magistrate sentenced the convict without an option of fine, adding that the sentence will serve as a deterrent to those who might want to engage in similar acts.
Earlier, the Police Prosecutor, ASP Peter Ejike of the FCT Command, told the court that the complainant, Mr Mohammed Abah, of Dutse Mkaranta Abuja, reported the matter at Zone 3 Police Station, on Sept 30.
Ejike told the court that sometime in August 2019, the complainant gave the convict a Mazda car worth N2 million on hire purchase on behalf of ”Brekete” family, a reality radio and television program focused on human rights.
The posecutor said the defendant promised to use the car for commercial purpose and remit the sum of N20, 000 every week.
He said the defendant breached the agreement and refused to remit the sum of N305, 000, there after he absconded with the vehicle to an unknown destination.
Ejike said during police investigation the defendant was arrested and the vehicle was recovered from him.
The prosecutor said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 312 and 322 of the Penal Code law.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza