The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned a principal accountant at Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund, Auwal Ibrahim, the director of Works at the Federal College of Education, Gombe, Wali Usman and one Yunusa Yakubu and his companies Lubell Nigeria Limited and Archfirst Nigeria limited.
They were arraigned before Justice Sa’ad Muhammad of the Gombe State High Court on 17 count charge bordering on conspiracy, contract scam, abuse of office and diversion of public funds.
The accused persons were invited to EFCC Gombe Zonal office, following a petition by concerned staff of the Gombe State University, alleging that contract from TETfund were strictly awarded to cronies of the management staff of the university.
They further alleged that the suspects connived with TETfund officials to inflate contracts for their personal benefit.
When the EFCC Operatives swung into action, it was discovered that Mr Ibrahim received various sum of money on the contract executed by the second accused Yunusa Yakubu and his company Lubell Nigeria Limited in Gombe State University.
EFCC investigators also discovered that Mr Usman is the sole signatory and promoter of ARCHFIRST NIGERIA LTD.
However, all the accused pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
In view of their pleas, the prosecution counsel, Abubakar Aliyu, applied a date for trial.
While adjourning the case to June 20, 2017 for trial, Justice Sa’ad also granted bail to all the accused persons in the sum of N10m and two sureties in like sum for each.