N40 Million Fraud: EFCC Arraigns Bashir

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on May 11th, 2017 arraigned one Ibrahim Bashir before Honourable Justice R.D Aisha of the Kano State High Court on a one count charge of Obtaining money by False Pretence to the tune of N40,000,000 (Forty Million Naira Only).
The accused person allegedly induced the complainant to part with the sum of N100,000,000 (One Hundred Million Naira Only) under the pretext that the money would be invested in forex business which will earn the complainant a profit of N7,000,000 (Seven Million Naira Only) weekly.
Furthermore, contrary to the claim of the accused person that he was the bank manager in charge of forex, investigation however revealed through the voluntary statements of the bank officials that the accused person was only an office assistant under marketing department.
The charge read that “You Ibrahim Bashir sometimes in 2015 at Kano, within the judicial division of the High Court of Kano State, WHILE working with the United Bank for Africa Post Office Branch, Kano, as office assistant under marketing department with intent to defraud obtained from one Mohammed Ibrahim Ma’aji of Platinum Synergy Limited the sum of N100,000,000 (One Hundred Million Naira Only) via your company account called Rabnas Global Concept by falsely representing to him that you are head of forex with United Bank for Africa and a registered Bureau de Change Operator and that the money will be invested in forex business by given him monthly profit of N7,000,000 (Seven Million Naira Only) and will also refund his entire capital of N100,000,000 (One Hundred Million Naira Only) at the end of December 2015 which you did not and you thereby committed an offense contrary to section 1 (1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under section 1 (3) of the same Act.
The accused person pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him.
Counsel for the prosecution Idris I .Haruna requested a date for trial in view of the plea of the accused person.
However, the defence counsel moved a motion for bail praying the court to admit his client to bail.
Justice Aisha adjourned the matter to the 1st of June, 2017 for ruling on bail application and commencement of trial.
The accused person was ordered to be remanded in prison custody pending ruling on bail application.

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