Court remands 2 Jos women over ‘breach’ of trust

The Upper Area Court Kasuwan Nama Jos, Tuesday, remanded two market women over alleged criminal conspiracy, breach of trust and cheating on two separate sellers of food items.

The suspects, Mrs. Grace Mbazu (45) and Christy Garba (38) were arraigned before presiding judge Lawal Suleiman, in a suit filed by the Commissioner of Police, Plateau state command.

According to report as contained in the police First Information Report (FIR), one Mrs. Joy Charles had reported to the Jos area command that in December, 2020, Mrs. Grace and Christy had conspired and collected one bag of crayfish, 7 jerry cans of palm kernel, 7 bags of rice and 1 bag of Ogbono, totaling N322,500.

However, the accused pleaded not guilty to the allegations.

Counsel to the defence, Uche Ukeze, applied for their bail but was opposed by prosecution counsel, Uchang Ibrahim on the ground that the accused were in the habit of “cheating other people and have similar suit against them.”

Judge Suleiman ordered their remand in Jos Correctional Centre pending hearing of the bail application fixed for January 20, 2021 and adjourned the matter to February 18 2021 for hearing of the substantive suit.

In a similar suit; Commissioner of Police verses Grace Mbazu and Christy Garba, one Mrs. Blessing Ignatius alleged that they the two cheated her, saying they on 17 December, 2020, collected 5 bags of garri amounting to N115,000 and got the account number of the complainant but refused to pay.