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EFCC arraigns BDC operator for alleged N197m fraud in Kano

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The Kano Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Wednesday arraigned one Yusuf Yakubu before Justice Sanusi Ma’aji of the Kano State High Court on a one count charge of misappropriation.

The defendant allegedly obtained the sum of $870,000 (Eight Hundred and Seventy Thousand Dollars) only from the complainant under the pretext of changing same to Naira but returned only the sum of N220,300,000 (Two Hundred and Twenty Million, Three Hundred Thousand Naira) only and diverted the balance of N197,600,000 (One Hundred and Ninety Seven Million, Six Hundred Thousand Naira) only.

The charge reads, “that Yakubu Yusuf on or about 14 of January, 2021 within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, with intent to defraud dishonestly misappropriated the sum of N149, 000,000 (One Hundred and Forty Nine Million Naira only) belonging to Oliver Ogokumaka and Obumnemi Okoli and thereby committed an offense contrary to section 308 and punishable under section 309 of the Penal Code.”

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When the charge was read to him, the defendant pleaded not guilty.

Counsel for the prosecution, Musa Isah asked the for trial date. However, counsel for the defendant Abdul Adamu informed the court that he had filed a motion challenging the jurisdiction of the court.

Consequently, Justice Ma’aji adjourned the matter till August 18 for argument on the motion.

The defendant was granted bail in the N50,000,000 (Fifty Million Naira) only and two sureties in like sum. One of the sureties must be a relative of the defendant and both must also be resident of Kano.

Their business addresses must also be verified.

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