An Abuja Magistrates’ Court on Thursday sentenced a 30-year-old herbalist, Sulieman Mohammed, to one month in prison for cheating a taxi driver of N30,000.
The Magistrate, Mrs Habiba Bello, sentenced Mohammed after he pleaded guilty to a one-count charge of cheating.
Bello, however, gave the convict an option to pay N2, 000 fine, holding that the sentence would serve as a deterrent to others.
She also ordered the convict to pay N30, 000 to the complainant, Ademola Adeyemi,
Earlier, Prosecutor Musa Abdulahi told the court that Adeyemi of Arab Area, Mpape, Abuja, lodged a report against the accused at the Mpape Police Station on Feb. 3.
Abdulahi said the convict dishonestly collected N30, 000 from the complainant claiming that he was a native doctor who could make him rich.
He said the convict failed to fulfil his promise and did not return the money he collected, adding that the offence contravened Section 322 of the Penal Code.
The convict told the court he boarded the complainants taxi in 2013 and they exchanged phone numbers.
“When I got back from my trip I gave him a call and told him I can make him rich and asked him to come to my house which he did.
“ I asked him to deposit the sum of N30, 000 which I will use to buy items for the sacrifice, he went back home and brought the money.
“I performed some sacrifice on him and gave him some meat to eat which he did, and told him to come back for the money I made for him the next day.
“Days later he brought the police to arrest me when I didn’t provide the money I promised him.
“I am not a native doctor it was all a lie, I needed money to pay for my house rent which has since expired and also pay for my mother’s hospital bills.
“It was the devil that made me do it, have mercy on me I will not do it again, he pleaded. (NAN)