14th August, 2021
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday arraigned one Alhaji Garba Mohammed for misappropriating N3,922,000.
Justice Umaru Fadawu of the Borno State High Court, in Maiduguri, presided over the case.
The defendant allegedly approached the nominal complainant and informed him that a contract for the supply of 450 bags of maize was awarded to him by the World Food Programme, and he needed money to finance the contract.
The complainant gave the sum needed to execute the contract to the defendant with the understanding that, both the capital invested and the interest will be returned within forty-five days. But the defendant reneged the agreement.
The charge reads: “That you, Alhaji Garba Mohammed sometime in the year 2020 at Maiduguri, Borno State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court while being entrusted with dominion over certain properties to wit: 450 bags of maize worth N3,922,000.00 (Three Million Nine Hundred and Twenty-Two Thousand Naira) only supplied to you by one Saleh Abubakar for onward supply to World Food Programme (an NGO) and to remit the entire proceeds to the said Saleh Abubakar, did dishonestly misappropriated the entire proceeds being the value of the said 450 bags of maize and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Sections 311 and 312 of the Penal Code Laws of Borno State Cap 102 Vol. 3 of 1994 respectively.”
However, the defendant pleaded ‘not guilty’ when the charge was read to him.
Counsel for the prosecution, Haruna Abdulkadir asked for a trial date to present his witnesses and urged the court to remand the defendant in a Correctional Centre.
Justice Fadawu adjourned the matter till September 14, 2021, for commencement of trial and ordered that Garba be remanded at the Maiduguri Medium Custodial Centre.