The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Tuesday arraigned one Asiya Bala-Aliyu before Justice R.A. Sadiq of the Kano State High Court on a two-count charge of misappropriation of funds.
A statement by the EFCC’s acting head of media and publicity, Tony Orilade, said the defendant allegedly collected the sum of N36million from Hadiza Inna Sanusi in the guise that the said money was to be invested in Galaxy Investment Package.
The money was, however, diverted to the personal use of the defendant.
Count one reads: “That you, Asiya Bala Aliyu, sometimes between May and August 2018 with intent to defraud, dishonestly misappropriated the sum of N35,000,000 only belonging to one Hadiza Inna Sanusi and you thereby committed an offense contrary to section 308 and punishable under section 309 of the Penal Code Law.”
The defendant pleaded “not guilty” to the charges.
Counsel for the EFCC, Musa Isah, asked the court for a trial date to enable the prosecution to prove its case against the defendant.
Counsel representing the defendant, Khalid Kashim Njidda, moved the application for the bail of his client.
Mr Isah, however, opposed the application and prayed the Court for an adjournment, in order to enable him file a counter-affidavit.
Consequently, Mr Njidda moved a motion seeking that the defendant be remanded in EFCC custody, which was objected to by Isah.
Justice Sadiq upheld Isah’s objection and adjourned until March 12, 2020 for hearing of the bail application, and March 19, 2020 for the commencement of trial.