Hotel Marketers Arraigned for ‘Fraud’
The police in Abuja have arraigned three hotel marketers at a Wuse Zone 2 Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, for alleged joint act and N348,000 fraud.
Joy Bassey, 28, Joshua Emanokwe, 38 and Israel Jacob, 35, are standing trial on a two-count charge on joint act and stealing.
The prosecutor, Adeniyi Oyeyemi, told the court that Ekpo Ankan, of Newton Park Hotel, Wuse Zone 4, Abuja, reported the matter at Wuse Divisional Police Station on March 17.
He alleged that Bassey and Emanokwe, marketers at Newton Park Hotel, connived with another marketer, Israel Jacob, of Reiz Continental Hotel.
Oyeyemi alleged that Jacob, working on the instructions of Bassey and Emanokwe, fraudulently demanded a commission from the management of Newton Park Hotel.
He alleged that Jacob claimed the commission was for a business transaction he brought for them from an organisation that used the hotel facility for an event.
The prosecutor added that it was after the hotel management raised a cheque of N348,000, in favour of Jacob that they realised it was a scam.
During investigation, it was shown that Bassey took N278,000, gave Emanokwe N50,000 and Jacob N20,000.
Oyeyemi said the offences contravened sections 79 and 287 of the Penal Code. The defendants pleaded not guilty.
The Magistrate, Maryam Yusuf, granted the defendants bail at N100,000 each, with one surety and adjourned the case till May 17 for hearing.