Abuja – A Bwari Chief Magistrates’ Court in Abuja on Wednesday sentenced 36-year-old businesswoman, Martha Ali, to two months imprisonment for duping her business partner N175, 000.
Martha, a resident of Kuduru, Bwari, Abuja, was charged with criminal breach of trust and cheating and she pleaded guilty.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Akanni Idayat-Olaide, sentenced the convict to two months imprisonment with
an option of N2, 000 fine on counts one.
Idayat-Olaide also ordered the convict to pay a compensation of N175, 000 to the complainant or serve six months imprisonment without an option of fine.
“The convict has not shown this court any reason not to be convicted as charged as the court does not believe in her explanation.
“If it was her money, she wouldn’t have given it to people she does not know, she should go and bring the money and give to the owner, the magistrate ruled.
Martha said she gave the money to the people who she believed would bring the goods but unfortunately, they disappeared for more than a month.
She pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy.
Earlier, Mrs Agnes Aluko- Adewumi, a Senior State Counsel, told the court that Joy Philus reported the matter at the Bwari Police Station on May 20.
Aluko- Adewumi said that the defendant had in the month of March approached the complainant and convinced her to part with the said sum to buy corn, locust beans and wrappers for her.
This, she said, was to enable the complainant make more profit, but instead the defendant converted the money for her own use.
Aluko-Adewunmi said that during investigation, the defendant could not give a reasonable explanation of the whereabouts of the money.
She said the offence contravened Sections 312 and 322 of the Penal Code.