Car dealer bags 2 years jail for cheating

Justice M.T.M. Aliyu of the Kaduna High Court on Thursday sentenced one Akochi Ejike to two years imprisonment for breach of trust and cheating.

Ejike was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Kaduna Zonal Office.

The convict, who claimed to be a car dealer based in Cotonou, Benin Republic, had fraudulently obtained N1million from one Francis Vincent under the pretense of buying a Peugeot 406 model for Vincent.

The convict failed to deliver the vehicle and remained incommunicado since 2019.

Justice Aliyu held that the EFCC had established it case against the convict beyond reasonable doubt and convicted him as charged.

The judge, however, gave him an option of N100,000 fine and ordered him to restitute the sum of N1million to Vincent.

Aliyu ordered that on the event that the convict failed to restitute the complainant, he shall serve additional eight months prison term.

Aliyu warned the convict to desist from the act of crime and ordered him to write an undertaking to be of good behaviour.

The convict was first arraigned on Nov. 25, 2019 and had pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Prosecution Counsel, P. C. Onyeneho, in the course of the trial, called two witnesses and presented several exhibits to prove the case against the convict.

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