A self-styled journalist who allegedly defrauded a Kumasi based contractor of 39.3 million cedis has been arraigned before a Bolgatanga District magistrate court.

The “journalist”, Habib Iddrisu, who earlier pleaded not guilty to a charge of fraud by false pretences later admitted collecting monies from the contractor.

He however pleaded with the court for time to make good the amount.

The prosecutor, Police Inspector Samuel K. Kpogo told the court presided by Justice Osman Abdul Hakim that in December 2006 Habib told the contractor that he, Abdulai Atibila, alias Staffad was going to be awarded a contract by the Talensi Nabdam District Assembly but he did not have money.

After he had convinced the contractor that the District Chief Executive had pledged to give the contract to him, Habib demand 8 million cedis from the contractor to process documents for the contract.

Prosecution told the court that the amount was paid to him instantly.

There after Habib continued demanding monies from the contractor which he obliged and sent various sums of money through Instant Money Transfer against receipts all totalling ¢39.3 million.

However, Habib failed to deliver on his promise because the said contract, a District Police Office was awarded to another contractor.

Following the realisation that Abdulai Atibila’s contract documents were not even used for the bidding, he demanded a refund of his money.

Chief Inspector Kpogo said when Habib failed to refund the monies, a report was made to the Police.

Following his appeal to be given time to negotiate settlement of the amount, the court granted him bail in the sum of 20 million cedis to reappear next week.

Source: The Ghanaian Times