A man in his late  50s by name Shinya Ellah, was on Wednesday arraigned in a Mararaba Upper Area Court in Nasarawa State, for allegedly duping Holy Cross Catholic Church, Mararaba one million naira.

The prosecutor, Cpl. Hamen Donald, told the court that one Mr. Moses Adie reported the matter at `A’ Police Division, Mararaba on August 24, at about 9:50 a.m on behalf of the church.

In February, the defendant agreed to sell a plot of land to the church at the rate of N4 million in which the church paid one million as first installment into the defendant’s account.

“The church, having paid the first instalment, the defendant absconded to an unknown destination with the money without notifying the church until he was traced through tracking and arrested,’’ Donald said.

According to Donald the offence is punishable under Section 322 of the Penal Code Law.

Although the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The trial Judge, Mr Ibrahim Shekara granted the defendant bail in the sum of N100, 000 bail with one surety in like amount.

He adjourned the case until January 16, 2018, for hearing.

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