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EFCC Arraigns Kano Gov. Candidate for Alleged $1.3m Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) has arraigned Abdulsalam Saleh Abdulkareem, a governorship candidate of the Green Party of Nigeria, GPN, and Ebere Nzekwe, before Justice Lewis Allagoa of the Federal High Court, Kano on a nine-count charge of criminal conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of $1,320,000 (One Million, Three Hundred and Twenty Thousand Dollars) only.
The petitioner alleged that sometimes in 2014, the defendants connived to fraudulently obtained the said sum from him in the belief that it would be used for business investment which eventually turned out to be false.
According to a statement issued by EFCC’s Acting Spokesman, Tony Orilade, Abdulsalam also allegedly met with his Personal Assistant, one Muhannat in a hotel in Republic of Kuwait for a talk on the said dealings.
“The meeting led to his (Abdulsalam’s) invitation to Nigeria via a company, Seit Nigeria Limited. It was during this meeting that the total sum of One Million Five hundred USD (1,500, 000USD) was displayed to him as the sum belonging to the alleged partner in the acclaimed investment.
Both defendants pleaded “not guilty” when the charges were read to them.
Justice Allagoa, thereafter, granted the accused persons bail in the sum of N100 million and one surety in like sum; the surety, the judge said must have a landed property in Kano.
The case has been adjourned to January 29 and 30, 2019 for hearing.

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