A Karmo Grade I Area Court in Abuja on Thursday ordered that a 39-year-old businessman, Chidiebere Nwagwu, who allegedly defrauded a a youth corps member of N600, 000 be remanded in prison custody.
The judge, Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq, gave the order after Nwagwu of no fixed address was arraigned on a four count charge of joint act, criminal breach of trust and cheating.
Sadiq fixed April 24, for hearing of the case.
Nwagwu pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Zannah Dalhatu, told the court that one Ijeoma Angu, a youth corps member, who resides at Kubwa Abuja, reported the matter at the Life Camp Police Station Abuja on March 14.
Dalhatu said the complainant alleged that on March 2, the defendant and three others now at large approached her while waiting for a cab at Wuse Zone III Abuja.
He said they persuaded her to enter their vehicle and while on the way, they diverted to Jabi Village, Abuja, where they claimed to be businessmen from Senegal.
Dalhau said that the accused told Angu that he had some goods in a warehouse for sale.
He alleged Angu gave the accused N600, 000, to supply her with the goods but he disappeared after collecting the money.
The prosecutor said the police discovered after preliminary investigation that the accused is a member of a gang of fraudsters who have defrauded other people.
The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 79, 312 and 322 of the Penal Code. (NAN)