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Alleged Fraud: EFCC Arraigns Benue State Deputy Speaker And Clerk For 5 Million Naira Fraud

Alleged Fraud: EFCC Arraigns Benue State Deputy Speaker
The Deputy Speaker Benue State house of assembly has been charged by the members of the economic and financial crime commission for allegedly stealing the sum of 5 million Naira in collaboration with his clerk.

According to the Commission, the two men are standing trial before the Honorable Justice of Benue State High Court, Markudi, Justice S.O. Itodo on a two-count charges based on conspiracy, bribery, criminal breach of trust and abuse of office.

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They however pleaded not guilty to the charges read to them as the counts read:

Count One:

"That you, Torese Agena, on 18th day of October, 2019 being Clerk, Benue State House of Assembly, within the jurisdiction of this honorable court, did use your position to confer unfair advantage to yourself as bribe, to tune of N200,000 (Two Hundred thousand naira only) from N50,000,000 (Fifty Million Naira) payable to High Profile Investment Nigeria Limited by the Benue State Government for the Benue State House of Assembly legislative tour to European countries and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 and punishable under the same Act".

On the Count two:

"That you Christopher Adaji between 8th - 14 of November, 2019 within the jurisdiction of this honorable Court spent the sum of N4,840,950 (Four Million, Eight Hundred and Forty Thousand, Nine Hundred and Fifty Naira only) the funds allocated to you for 

European legislative tour on your legal and other services and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 22(5) of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000".

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Pleading not guilty to the charges, the prosecution counsel prays G.G. Chia-kuah prayed the court to remand them in custody at the Nigeria Correctional Services and to also set date for the commencement of trial.

The defense Counsel on behalf of the duo asked the Court to grant them bail on "self recognizance" noting that they will always be available to face their trial when being called upon.

Having been granted bail on self recognizance as requested by the defense counsel, Justice Itodo however set July 6, 7, 8 for their next trial.

In another development, a former Borno State Judiciary officer, Ramat Mohammed nicked name Gaddafi was on Tuesday, May 16, 2020, arraigned before the Honorable Justice Umaru Fadawu and was slammed a 16 years imprisonment for allegedly defrauding 194 widows.

The convict defrauded 194 widows by forging and selling in the name of a non-governmental Organisation, a Food Collection Card worth the sum of N781, 800.00 which he failed to deliver leading to his arrest. The two count charges against him were based on false pretense, Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud related offences.

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Count One charge:

 “That you, Ramat Mohammed (alias Gaddafi), sometime in December, 2018 at Maiduguri, Borno State within the jurisdiction of this honourable court with intent to defraud obtained the gross sum of N520,000.00 (Five Hundred and Twenty Thousand Naira) only from 40 (Forty) women 

(mostly widows) of Fissabi-lillah Islamic School, under the false pretense that the entire sum represent payments for registration/eligibility for a program me by a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO). 

Action Against Hunger (A.A.H) at Auno Town of Konduga L.G.A, Borno State, which payment will entitle the said women to be issued a special card for various food items which you knew to 

be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act".

He was however giving 16 years imprisonment by Justice Fadamu who gave the verdict on count one and count two after pleading guilty to the charges.

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In a statement the Judge said, “the court hereby sentenced you to (8) eight years imprisonment on count one. You are hereby sentenced to eight (8) years imprisonment on court two and the years to run concurrently” 

 “The court orders you Ramat Mohammed (alias Gaddafi) to pay the aggregate sum of N781,800.00 (Seven Hundred and Eighty one Thousand Eight Hundred Naira) to 194 (One Hundred and Ninety Four) women of Fissabi-lillah Islamic School or (9) years in default. The prison terms shall run concurrently" the Judge concluded.

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