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A 32-year-old businessman, Usman Rilwan, who allegedly defrauded a job seeker of N1 million, on Friday appeared in a Life Camp Magistrate Court.

The police charged Rilwan, who lives in City Centre Plaza Gimbiya, street Area 11, Garki, with criminal breach of trust and cheating.

The Police Prosecutor,  Peter Ejike of the FCT Command Abuja, told the court that the complainant, Adamu Idris of Karu FCT, Abuja, reported the matter at Life Camp Police Station, on August 16.

He alleged that early in the year, the defendant told the complainant that he can get a job for him at the Department of Petroleum Resource (DPR) if he can pay N4 million.

Ejike alleged that both parties signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), stating that the payment would be done in two installments of N2million through bank transfers.

He alleged that the MoU also states that the defendant would refund the money to the complainant if he breaches the agreement.

The prosecutor alleged that on March 24, the complainant transferred N2 million as the first installment from his First Bank account to Access Bank account belonging to the defendant.

Ejike told the court that in May, the defendant told the complainant that the appointment letter would be ready on June 20, but he failed to deliver.

He said that the defendant refunded N1 Million and all efforts to recover the balance of N1 Million failed.

The prosecutor said the offense contravened the provisions of section 312 and 322 of the Penal Code.

The defendant, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Magistrate Chinyere Nwecheonwu admitted the defendant to bail and ordered that he provides two sureties.

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