The police have arraigned Alhaji Muftau Alausa and his wife Bola, of Lugbe at an Abuja Magistrates’ Court charged with defrauding Mr Afolabi Odesanya, a contractor of N2.2 million.
The accused are also standing trial for joint act, criminal breach of trust, misappropriation and cheating.
The police prosecutor, Sgt. Opanachi Abu told the court on Tuesday that Odesanya wrote a petition on the matter to the police on March 16, 2011.
Abu said that Odesanya was introduced to Muftau by his wife Bola in January 2010 as a businessman with connections in the presidency and a reputation to secure contracts.
``The accused collected N100, 000 on April 12, 2010 and N2.1 million on April 19, 2010, with the promise of securing a contract valued at N171.2 million within two weeks for Odesanya.
``The accused also said that he was going to secure a contract from the Regional Centre for Bio Enterprise Development.’’
Abu said that none of the promises was fulfilled, adding that during investigation, police discovered that the couple conspired and dishonestly collected the money under false pretence.
The prosecutor said that the couple converted the money to their personal use.
The accused couple, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The magistrate, Josephine Obanor, granted the accused bail in the sum of N100, 000 with a surety in the like sum.
According to her, the surety must be a civil servant on Grade Level 08.
She adjourned the case to July 4 for hearing.