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EFCC arraigns four in Adamawa over alleged N132 million fraud

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The Gombe Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned Lucious Mayo, Elisie Yaduwa, Elisha Yahaya and Rhoda Samson before Justice Nathan Musa of an Adamawa State High Court.

They were charged for a nine-count charge bordering on conspiracy, obtaining money by false pretence, diversion, inflation of contract price, forgery and refusal to make full disclosure of assets to the EFCC.

EFCC’s Acting Spokesman, Tony Orilade, disclosed in a statement yesterday in Abuja.

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Mayo a former Executive Secretary of the Adamawa State Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board allegedly connived with Yaduwa, Director of Finance and Account; Yahaya, Accountant, and Samson, cashier, to divert about N132 million out of N347 million for personal use in 2016.

The state government had earmarked the fund for pilgrimage exercise of Christians in the state.

They were also alleged to have collected and diverted about N2.54 million from four self-sponsored pilgrims, who paid the money into the board’s account.

Further investigations also revealed that in 2016, Mayo sold registration forms to 1,569 intending pilgrims at N10, 000 each, amounting to N15. 6 million.

“He neither remitted the funds to the board’s account, nor the state’s Revenue Board account,” Orilade added.


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