Alleged Cheating Lands Man, 37 In Prison

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An Abuja Chief Magistrates’ Court on Friday remanded Samuel Attah, 37, of Asokoro, Abuja, in prison custody for alleged cheating and presenting a dud cheque.

Police prosecutor Abu Okpanachi told the court that on Sept. 4 Victor Karga, the chief security officer of the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, reported Attah at the Maitama Police Station.

Okpanachi told the court that Karga, through a petition, reported that on Aug. 8, the accused checked into room 770 of the hotel and stayed till Aug. 28.

According to him, on Aug. 28, the accused presented a post-dated Bank PHB cheque of N500,000 to the hotel as part payment of his accumulated bills.

Okpanachi told the court that the cheque was returned unpaid for lack of funds in the said account, when the accused had already accumulated a bill of over N860,000.

“During investigation it was discovered that the accused intentionally issued the post- dated cheque to deceive the hotel management in order for him to retain the room.’’

He said the accused presented the cheque knowing full well that there was inadequate fund in the account to meet the value of the post-dated cheque.

Okpanachi said the offences contravened the provisions of Section 322 of the Penal Code.

The accused, fearing bias, however, applied to the court to transfer his trial to another court, saying that he had previously stood trial before the court.

Okpanachi urged the court to remand the accused in prison custody pending his next arraignment as he had previous crime records and other charges against him pending before High Court 7.

Chief Magistrate Oyewumi Oyebola, however, listened to the application of the accused “in view of the allegation of bias he raised before the court’’.

Oyebola urged the prosecutor to prepare a formal and proper charge against the accused before the FCT High Court and ordered that he be remanded in prison custody