July 13, 2024

EFCC arraigns company’s employee for fraud

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Glory Ebomah

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned one Musa Mohammed before Justice Darius Khobo of the Kaduna State High Court on three counts bordering on criminal breach of trust.

According to Head, Media and Publicity, EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, the defendant, as an employee of a company, Halims & Co. Nigeria Limited, allegedly diverted to personal use, over N32 million meant to finance a contract awarded to the company.

One of the count charges reads; “That you Musa Mohammed “m” sometime in February 2021 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud did obtain the sum of N 32,000,000.00 (Thirty-Two Million Naira) only from one Zainab Muhammad Sani under the pretence that the said sum was to finance a contract purportedly awarded to Halims &Co Nigeria Limited, which you knew to be false and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1) (c) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act”.

He however pleaded not guilty to the charges. Consequently, the prosecuting counsel, P.C Onyeneho urged the court to fix a date for the commencement of the trial.

The defence counsel, Abdulkarim Audu however prayed the court to grant the defendant bail. Justice Khobo granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N3 million with a surety in like sum.

The surety must be an owner of a property with a valid title. The case was adjourned till July 5, 2022, for trial.

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