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EFCC docks Man over alleged N80m, $156,200 fraud in Kaduna

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on Wednesday arraigned Yusha’u Mohammed-Kebbe before Justice Darius Khobo of the Kaduna State High Court on an eight-count charge, bordering on conspiracy and criminal breach of trust.

In a statement on Wednesday, the EFCC’s Head of Media & Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, said the complainant alleged that in 2006 while he was in Sudan for a United Nations military operations, the defendant who is his childhood friend convinced him to invest in some projects that he was handling.

After which, according to the statement, the complainant transferred the sum of N80million to him and $156,200,000 for investment, safe keeping and settlement of personal commitments on his behalf.

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The EFCC spokesman added that the complainant, through enquiries, later found out that the defendant diverted all the monies to his personal use, while all the efforts to recover them have proved abortive till date.

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Count one of the charges reads: “That you, Yusha’u Mohammed Ahmed on or about the 16th day of January, 2017 at Kaduna, within the jurisdiction of the high court of Kaduna, being entrusted with certain property to wit; the sum of $156,200, 000 only, belonging to Major General K. A, and thereby committed criminal breach of trust; an offence contrary to Section 311 of the Penal Code Law Cap. 89 Laws of Northern Nigeria 1963 and punishable under Section 312 of the same Law.”

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However, the defendant pleaded not guilty to all the charges, upon which the prosecution team, led by D. Ademu-Eteh urged the court for a trial date and for the defendant to be remanded in prison custody.

The defence counsel Y.A. Abass urged the court to grant him bail.

The judge remanded him in prison custody and adjourned the case to November 28 for hearing and possible ruling on the bail application.

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