Wahala! Man gives neighbours ATM details, regrets as borrowers seize card, clear account
A man who gave his neighbours his ATM card and its PIN has accused them of theft and breach of trust.
The neighbours — 36-year-old Smart Iwu and his wife 25-year-old wife, Abigail, both of Rugan Maishayi Mararaba — had approached one Chris Okoro of the same address, pleading with him to lend them N10,000 to buy drugs for their sick baby.
Okoro said he gave them his ATM card and its security PIN to enable the couple make the withdrawal.
Trouble however came, a court was told, when Iwu and his wife conspired and withdrew N30,000, instead of the N10,000 they had asked to be loaned.
They also refused to return Okoro’s ATM card, it was alleged.
Consequently, Okoro reported the matter at the Aso Police Station, Nasarawa State, on August 4.
On Tuesday, Iwu and his wife were arraigned in a Mararaba Grade 1 Area Court, Aso Pada, for alleged conspiracy and cheating.
The defendants were arraigned on a three-count charge of conspiracy, breach of trust and cheating.
They both pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the charges.
The Prosecutor, Mr. Agabi Auta, told the court that during police investigation, the defendants made confessional statements and the ATM card was recovered from them.
Auta said the offences contravened sections 97, 312 and 322 of the Penal Code, which attracts five-year jail term with fine or both on conviction.
The judge, Mr. Albert Maga, however, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N100,000 each, with one surety each in like sum.
He adjourned the matter till August 22 for further hearing. (NAN/Punch)