N19.8 Million Fraud: EFCC Arraigns Three in Court


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC arraigned the trio of Malam Kabir Ismail, Manu Aliyu Muhammad and Aji Dan’azumi Ali before Justice Abubakar Jauro of the Gombe State High Court on a four count charge bordering on conspiracy, obtaining goods by false pretence and forgery.
The first accused, Kabir Ismail, being a member of the Gombe State Government Committee on Divorcees Welfare (a. K. a. Committee Auren Zawarawa) used his position without the consent of the committee and connived with the other two accused to engage the services of one Mustapha Muhammed Zarewa, a supplier, sometimes in October, 2014, to supply three trucks of rice at N19.8m.
Having satisfied with all the contract related documents presented to him by the first accuse person on the committee’s letter headed paper, Zarewa supplied one truck of rice with 600 bags which amounted to N6.6million without payment. The three accused remained evasive thereafter.
However, EFCC Investigation revealed that all the documents presented for the contract were all forged by the accused. There was no time such contract was awarded by the Committee. The truck load of rice was also diverted for their personal benefit.
In his ruling, Justice Jauro who adjourned the case to March 30 and 31, 2017 for ruling on the bail application, however, ordered the accused to be remanded in prison custody.

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