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EFCC arraigns guber candidate, one other over alleged $1.3m fraud in Kano



The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), yesterday arraigned Kano State governorship candidate of the Green Party of Nigeria (GPN), Abdulsalam Saleh Abdulkareem.

He was arraigned alongside one Ebere Nzekwe, before Justice Lewis Allagoa of the Federal High Court, Kano on a nine-count charge of criminal conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of $1,3million.

In a statement yesterday in Abuja by acting spokesperson, Tony Orilade, the petitioner alleged that sometimes in 2014, the defendants connived to fraudulently obtain the said money sum from him.

He said it was with the belief that it would be used for business investment, which eventually turned out to be false.

Orilade said Abdulsalam also allegedly met with his personal assistant, one Muhannat in a hotel in Republic of Kuwait for a talk on the said dealings.

He added that the meeting led to his (Abdulsalam’s) invitation to Nigeria via a company, Seit Nigeria Limited. It was during this meeting that the total sum of $1.5 was displayed to him as the sum belonging to the alleged partner in the acclaimed investment.

According to Orilade, both defendants pleaded “not guilty” when the charges were read to them.

Prosecuting counsel, Johnson Ojogbane, asked the court for a date for hearing, sequel to the plea of the accused persons.

The defence counsel, Dr. K.M. Liman (SAN) and Chris Asekome, however, moved their bail and prayed the judge to grant the defendants bail.

The counsels said: “They have already been enjoying an administrative bail given by the EFCC.”

Ojogbane did not oppose the application for bail, but stated: “If his lordship is inclined to grant their bail, he should do so with the knowledge that the first accused person jumped bail and did not show up the last time the matter was fixed, which made it to be adjourned for today.”

Justice Allagoa granted the accused persons bail in the sum of N100 million and one surety in like sum.

He said the surety must have a landed property in Kano. The case has been adjourned till January 29 and 30, 2019 for hearing.

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