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EFCC Arraigns Store Officer Over Fake Contract in Kano

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Thursday, March 18, 2021, arraigned a man identified as Adamu Bello before Justice Ado Yusuf Birnin Kudu of Jigawa State High Court on one count charge bordering on obtaining by false pretense.

The defendant allegedly obtained food items from Usman Dabuwa under the pretext that he had a contract to supply the items to the Federal Government Girls College, Kazaure Jigawa state.

The EFCC in a statement made available to ROOTS TV said Investigations however revealed that the defendant allegedly diverted the food items and used same for his daughter’s marriage.

The charge reads, ”That you, Bello Adamu, being the principal store officer of Federal Government Girls College, Kazaure, on or about 15th December, 2017 in Kazaure, within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, with intent to defraud, obtain food items worth the sum of One Million, Three Hundred and Forty-five Thousand Forty Naira (N1,345,040) from one Usman Dabuwa, under the pretence that the food items are requested  for student’s consumption at the Federal Government Girls college Kazaure, which pretence you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(1)(b) of the Advanced Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related  Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under section 1(3) of the same Act.”

The defendant pleaded ”not guilty” to the charge against him.

In view of his plea, prosecution counsel Michael Ojo asked the court for a date for trial and that the defendant be remanded in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Service.

The defence counsel Kabiru Aliyu urged the Court to consider their bail application.

Justice Yusuf adjourned the case to March 25, 2021, for trial and hearing of the motion for bail.