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EFCC arraigns man for N20m car auction fraud in Maiduguri


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Rayyan Alhassan is a 30-year-old graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/RayyanAlhassan, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Maiduguri zonal office, on Thursday, arraigned one Modu Ali Kotoko before Justice Aisha Kumaliya of the Borno State High Court, Maiduguri, on one count charge of obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of N20,000,000.00.

The EFCC head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, in a statement on Thursday, said the defendant allegedly collected the sum from one Abubakar Girgiri on the pretext of financing the purchase of cars on sale by auction.

According to him, the victim transferred the money before he discovered that the so-called auction was a hoax.

The charge reads: “That you Modu Ali Kotoko sometime in December, 2019 in Maiduguri, Borno State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud obtained the sum of Twenty Million Naira (N20,000,000.00) from Mohammed Abubakar Girgiri, which you falsely claimed the money is to finance the auction of cars, a claim you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1) (b) of the Advance 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 preferred against him.

In view of the plea, the prosecution counsel, Fatsuma Mohammed asked the court for a trial date and, to remand the defendant pending the determination of the case.

However, counsel to the defendant, Abdulwasiu Alfa pleaded with the court for a short date to file a bail application.

Justice Kumaliya adjourned the matter till February 3 and 9, 2021 for commencement of trial.

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