The police charged Ibe of Jabi, Abuja, with criminal breach of trust and cheating.
“But after one month, I presented a cheque he gave me at the bank but it was dishonoured due to no funds in the account.
“When I confronted him he promised to pay me but never did. I eventually moved out from the apartment at Kubwa and reaching him afterward was difficult.
“He also said he had travelled for a business trip.
“The defendant has paid me N90,000 on two occasions only and I have not received more money from him.
“I noticed he bought a new Toyota Camry car for his wife and I asked him about it since he said he did not have money,” Okam said.
He said the defendant agreed to a meeting with him at Jabi sometime in 2016 where he gave him an Ecobank cheque for N1,050,000.
“When the cheque was due, I presented it at the bank and it bounced again. So at that point I reported him to the office of the Area Commander, Kubwa police station,” he said.
The cheque, the witness statement and memorandum of understanding were tendered in court and admitted as exhibits.
The judge Muhammad Adamu, however, adjourned the matter until Nov. 11, for cross-examination.
Earlier, the prosecution counsel had applied for trial to commence in absentia citing Section 352 (4) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act (ACJA).
He said the defendant whom the court issued a warrant of his arrest had left the court’s jurisdiction and could not be reached. (NAN)