A 22-year-old man, Emmanuel Okorie, has been docked in an Upper Area Court in Kubwa, Abuja, for allegedly misappropriating his aunt’s $2000.
The police charged Okorie with criminal breach of trust, misappropriation and cheating.
The Prosecution Counsel, Babajide Olanipekun, told the court that the complainant, Angela Okonkwo, reported the matter at Kubwa Police Station on October 2.
Olanipekun said that the defendant was saddled with the duty to run errands for his sick aunt who entrusted him with money and household items.
Olanipekun stated that Okonkwo entrusted the defendant with $2000 for him to convert to naira equivalent for her but he converted and misappropriated same for his use.
The prosecution counsel said that during police investigations, the sum of N35, 000 was recovered from the defendant and further investigations revealed that he had earlier converted N100,000 meant for Okonkwo to his use.
The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 312, 309 and 322 of the Penal Code.
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty.
The defence counsel, Joequine Thompson, citing Section 36(5) of the 1999 Constitution, urged the court to grant bail to his client in most liberal terms, saying that he would not jump bail.
Thompson said that the defendant would not interfere with police investigations if granted bail as he has sickle cell anemia.
The Judge, Abdullahi Jibril, admitted the defendant to bail with a bond of N500, 000 cash and one reasonable surety in like sum.
Jibril ordered that the surety must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and must present means of identification.
He adjourned the case until November 5 for hearing.