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EFCC arraigns Kaduna man over N10 million fraud

The accused was granted N3 million bail by the judge, with two sureties in like sum.

• February 7, 2023
EFCC Officials used to illustrate the story
EFCC Officials used to illustrate the story

A 40-year-old man, Usman A. Usman, was arraigned on Tuesday, at the Kaduna High Court, for allegedly obtaining N10 million under false pretence.

Mr Usman is being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) on a two-count charge of obtaining money under false pretence and fraud.

The EFCC prosecuting counsel, E. K. Garba, told the court that sometime in July 2022, the defendant, under false pretence and intent to defraud, obtained N10 million from one Saleh Yusuf through the medium of a contract to supply tricycles.

The prosecutor stated that after collecting the money, the defendant refused to supply the tricycles or return the money.

Mr Garba added that the defendant ran to an unknown destination, and all efforts made by the complainant to get his money back proved abortive.

He said the defendant committed an offence contrary to section 1 (1) (a) & (c) of the Advance Fee Fraud Act 2006.

Consequently, upon the reading of the charge and the defendant’s not guilty plea, the prosecutor asked the court to remand the defendant pending the trial and determina­tion of the charge.

However, counsel to the defendant, Auwal Sarki, told the court that he had a bail application filed on behalf of the defendant and the same had been served on the prosecution.

He urged the court to allow him to move the application.

The judge, Dairus Khobo, after listening to the application, granted the defendant N3 million bail with two sureties in like sum.

Mr Khobo ordered that each surety must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and must, in addition, own a landed property.

He further held that the sureties must be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Kaduna State government.

The judge adjourned the case until March 16 for a hearing. 


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