EFCC Arraigns Four in Kaduna for N22.4m Rice Fraud #efcc #Nigeria

EFCC Arraigns Four in Kaduna for N22.4m Rice Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Thursday,

November 28,2019 arraigned the quartet of Baba Aliyu, Musa Shuaibu,

Joshua Agbaji Unazi and Michael Godwin Okibe before Justice A.B.Aliyu of

the Federal High Court, Minna, Niger State on a nine-count charge that

borders on conspiracy, forgery and criminal breach of trust to the tune

of N22.2million.

The defendants were arrested and arraigned by the Kaduna Zonal Office of

the Commission following a petition from one Thomas Ogwu, managing

director, Tomgray Engineering Services Limited, who alleged that three

of the defendants: Aliyu, Shuaibu, Unazi and Ahmed Abubakar Ismaila(at

large),

sometime in November 2018 fraudulently convinced him that they work with

the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development Staff Multi-purpose

Cooperative Society Limited, Minna, Niger State and requested for a

supply of 1,800 bags of Nigerian parboiled rice, worth N30.6million from

his company.

He stated that the defendants paid N8.2million only, upon the supply of

the said quantity of rice, adding that since then, all his efforts to

get them pay the balance of N22.4million have proved abortive.

This, he said, forced him to approach the ministry with a request for

the payment of the balance where he was told that the four defendants

were not its staff and that it did not place any order for rice.

One of the count reads: that you Baba Aliyu, Musa Shuaibu and Ismaila

Abubakar (now at large) between November and December 2018 in Minna,

within the judicial division of this honourable court did conspire

amongst yourselves to act, to wit: conspiracy to obtain 859 bags of

Nigeria parboiled rice worth N14.6million only being property of Tomgray

Engineering Services Limited, when you falsely represented yourselves as

staff and members of Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development

staff Multi-purpose Cooperative Society, Minna, which pretence you knew

to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 8(a) of

the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and

punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.”

Unazi is alleged to have conspired with Okibe to obtain N1.620,000 (One

Million, Six Hundred and Sixty-two Thousand Naira) being proceed from

the sale of the 1,800 bags of rice

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charge against them, prompting

prosecuting counsel Y.J.Matiyak to ask the court for a trial date and

for the defendants to be remanded in custody of Nigerian Correctional

Service (NCS).

Counsels to the four defendants: E.N.Anita, Drisu Ajodo and G.E.Edah

respectively, prayed the court to grant bail to their clients.

Additionally, counsel to the second defendant (Shuaibu) told the court

that he has filed an application for fundamental human rights abuse,

seeking N5million damages for an alleged illegal arrest of his client.

Justice Aliyu adjourned the matter until December 10, 2019 and January

21, 2020 for hearing on the bail application and judgment on the

fundamental rights action respectively and ordered that the defendants

be remanded in the custody of NCS.

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