A 32-year-old businessman, Dike Martins, on Thursday appeared before an Ilorin Magistrates’ Court for allegedly duping members of the public.

The defendant is standing trial on a three-count charge of criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust and cheating.

The Prosecutor, Insp. Al-hassan Jubril, told the court that the defendant was a manager of “Help World Optimum Service Nigeria’’.

Jubri said he was arrested on Feb. 10, following information received from one Leo Emesi and 20 others.

He said that the defendant conspired with four others now at large to collect money from members of the public with promise to give them 40 per cent of whatever they contributed in four days.

The prosecutor said that investigation revealed that the defendant came from Enugu State to Kwara on Jan. 30 to start the dubious act.

Jubril said record from Martins’ office documentation revealed that he had collected millions of Naira from unsuspecting customers.

The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 97, 312 and 322 of the Penal Code Law.

The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

Chief Magistrate Ibijoke Olawoyin granted him bail in the sum of N500,000 and two sureties.

Olawoyin ordered the defendant to deposit the N500,000 with the court, adding that each of the sureties will pay N250,000 should Martins jump bail.

(Source : NAN)

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