An unemployed man, Samuel Dung, has appeared before an Upper Area Court in Karu, Abuja, for allegedly swindling a village chief and 99 others.
Dung, 36, who lives in Phase 1 Extension, Jikwoyi, Karu is facing one count charge of cheating.
He is accused of swindling the Chief of Jiwape Madaki community in Nasarawa State and other villagers of N52,500.
The prosecutor, Ade Adeyanju, told the court that the matter was reported at the Jikwoyi Police Station by one Asabe Musa of Jiwape Madaki, Nasarawa state.
Adeyanju told the court that on Oct. 15, the defendant brainwashed the complainant and 99 others, including the community chief, to invest N500 each and get N1000 interest within a week.
The prosecutor said the defendant collected N52, 500 from them, but since then, they had not gotten any returns from him.
The offence, he said, contravened Section 322 of the Penal Code.
Dung pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The judge, Mr Hassan Mohammed, admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N100,000 with one surety in like sum, who must be living within the court’s jurisdiction.
Mohammed ordered that the surety’s address be verified by a court officer and the police.
He also ordered that the sum of N20,000 be deposited as part of the bail condition.
He adjourned the case till Dec. 1, for hearing. (NAN)