The Police in Benue on Monday arraigned one Anthony Shamija, 44, before a Makurdi Upper Area Court, accused of converting N530,000 belonging to his brother in-law, Mr Igbeyol Aondona.
The defendant, whose address was not provided, pleaded not guilty to the charges of criminal misappropriation and intimidation leveled against him.
The Prosecutor Insp Rachael Mchiave told the court that Aondona of Department of Agric/Business, J. S. Tarka University of Agriculture, Makurdi, reported the case at the Police Area Command Headquarters, Makurdi, on Aug. 2, 2021.
Mchiave said that the complainant informed the police that sometime in 2021, through his sister, Mrs Monica Shamji, now deceased; he joined a group, called North-bank, to contribute and save money.
Mchiave said that Aondona, through his sister, Monica, obtained two slots in the group and contributed N265,000 for each slot.
She said that, however, before the turn of the complainant to collect his savings from each of the slots, his sister, the wife of Anthony Shamija, died.
The prosecutor said that before Monica died, she had informed her husband of the contribution by Aondona in her care in the presence of his first son, Aondoaseer Shamija, and his younger brother, Isaac Ashaku.
Mchiave stated further that Shamija upon his wife’s demise collected the N530, 000 and converted same to his personal use.
According to her, the defendant collected the money without the complainant’s consent and when confronted by the latter, he threatened to deal with him if he dared to ask for his money again.
She said that the defendant contravened Sections 310 and 398 of the Penal Code, Laws of Benue State 2004.
The Magistrate, Mrs Dooshima Ikpambese granted the accused bail in the sum of N100, 000 and one surety in like sum.
Ikpambese also directed the prosecutor to verify the address of the surety who must be a resident within the court’s jurisdiction.
She subsequently adjourned the case to Aug. 15 for continuation of the case. (NAN)