A 22-year-old student, Seth Baba, appeared before a Jos Chief Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday charged with forgery and cheating. Mr. Baba is standing trial for swindling 5 people of the sum of N72,000.
The suspect allegedly received money from his victims, being their school fees, after promising to pay same to the school’s bank account.
The Prosecutor, Gokwat Ibrahim, told the court that the complainants reported the matter to the Laranto Police Division on November 18, 2011 and that the accused converted the money to his personal use after collecting it from the victims.
The prosecutor further said that during police investigation, it was discovered that the accused hired an artist who forged the First Bank’s tellers and stamp so as to convince his victims that he had paid the money adding that the accused had committed an offence contrary to sections 366 and 322 of the penal code.
“ My Lord, the accused went and printed fake First Bank Market Branch Jos tellers, which he gave to the students to convince them that he had paid the money into Bright Academy High School Jos, account.
“The students later discovered that their names were published and pasted on the wall of their school among those that did not pay their school fees,’’ he said.
When the case came up for hearing, the accused pleaded not guilty to the charges and applied to the court to grant him bail. The prosecutor objected to the bail application, and pointed out that the police were still investigating the matter.
The magistrate rejected the bail application and ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody and adjourned the case till Dec. 15.