Martin and Wuraola Ogiator were charged by the police on Thursday with cheating one Uchenna Ademiluyi of N71.3m before a Wuse Zone 2 Magistrates’ Court in Abuja.
The defendants were charged with conspiracy, breach of trust, cheating, and misappropriation on four counts, according to the News Agency of Nigeria.
To the charge, they, however, entered a not guilty plea.
Ademiluyi, an Abuja resident who lives at 36 Drive in the Prince and Princess Estate, reported the incident to the police, according to police prosecutor Umoh Inah, before the court.
Inah claimed that the Efab Estate, Lokogoma, resident couple defrauded the money out of their bank accounts.
He claimed that under the false pretenses that they would carry out contracts with several Federal Government entities, the defendants had obtained the money.
“It was, however, discovered that they both conspired and diverted the money into personal use,” he said.
He added that the offences contravened the provisions of Sections 97, 312, 322 and 309 of the Penal Code.
The Magistrate, Abdulmajid Oniyangi, admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N20m each with two sureties in like sum.
Oniyangi ordered that the sureties must have means of livelihood and reside within the jurisdiction of the court.
He ordered that the sureties must submit their letters of employment, confirmation and last promotion.
According to the magistrate, if the sureties are business owners, their businesses should be registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission and their tax clearance certificates submitted to the court’s registrar.
He adjourned the case till June 5.
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