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21 Jun 2016

EFCC arraigns judge, one other over alleged N58.5m fraud

A judge of an Area Court in Adamawa State, Suleiman Elkana, has been arraigned before a Federal High Court in Yola over his alleged involvement in N58.5million fraud.
Spokesperson of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Wilson Uwujaren said, in a statement Tuesday, that the judge, who was the Chairman of a group – Justice Multi-purpose Cooperative Society Limited (JMCSL) – was arraigned last Friday with the group’s Secretary, Solomon Philip.
They were arraigned before Justice Bilikisu Aliyu on a three-count charge of conspiracy and obtaining N58, 550,555 by false pretense.
An employee of Coscharis Motors, Isreal. C. Nwagbo was said to have entered into a contract with the JMCSL for the supply of 1,846 units of TVC motorcycles for its members.
Nwagbo, who petitioned the EFCC, said there was an agreement for payment of the motorcycles through monthly deductions from members’ salaries.
The EFCC said its investigation revealed that the defendants allegedly diverted the money for their personal use.
One of the counts of the charge reads:‘‘That you, Honourable Suleiman Elkana, Solomon Maken and one Amina Musa, now deceased, sometime in September, 2010 at Yola Adamawa State within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court did obtain by false pretense 446 units of TVC motorcycles valued at Fifty-Seven Million, Nine Hundred and Eighty Thousand Naira (N57,980,000.00) from Coscharis Motors Limited under the false pretense that the said TVC motorcycles would be disbursed to members of the Justice Multi-purpose Co-operative Society, Adamawa State, which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Sections 1 (1) ( a) and 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2006 respectively.”
The defendants pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to them, following which prosecution lawyer, Isreal Akande, asked for a trial date.
Defence lawyer, Desmond Adebole moved the defendant’s bail application, following which Justice Aliyu granted them bail atN5 million with one surety each.
She said the sureties must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court and must be verified by the prosecution. She adjourned to September 26 for the commencement of trial.

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