From Blessing Iruoma, Port Harcourt
A 28-year old man is presently facing a three-count charge in a Port Harcourt magistrate court over the disappearance of two laptops belonging to two sisters.
The accused person, Ifeanyi Emelobe, according to the charge-sheet which was read before Chief Magistrate Ibinabo F. Iyiabo , was said to have collected the laptops his victims, between May-July 2011, at No. 11 Akani street Mgbuoba Port Harcourt.
The stolen Lenovo and Asus laptops were valued at One Hundred and Thirty Thousand naira (N130, 000.00).
The accused person did not only stole the said the laptops but also defrauded one of his victims Blessing Michael, of t he sum of Three Hundred Thousand naira (N300, 000.00) with pretext to refund within a few months, a presentation he knew to be false and was not ready to pay back.
The offence committed was said to be punishable under Section 419 A(1) and Section 390 (9) of the Criminal Code cap 37 Vol. 11, Laws of Rivers State 1999.
Ifeanyi who first appeared in court on August 27, 2012, pleaded not guilty.
He also claimed he had given N100, 000.00 (One Hundred Thousand naira) as part payment of the borrowed money to his victim.
One of the claimants, Blessing, who was in the court identified the accused person as a family friend, saying that, it was in her effort to help the accused that he refused to pay her the borrowed money.
She also said that she and her sister gave Ifeanyi the laptops to sell for them, stressing that after sales the accused ran away with money and laptops, until he was arrested lately.
Reacting to the matter, Chief Magistrate Ibinabo Iyiabo ordered that the accused person be remanded in prison custody pending adjournment date of September 26, 2012.
He was not granted bail, even at the plea of his counsel, Miss Martina, who appealed that her client case is a bailable offence.