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INEC Director Faces Prosecution for N16m Scam; as EFCC Docks Bauchi Unionists for N217m Loan Scam

 
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has concluded arrangements to prosecute a Deputy Director of the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC in Akwa Ibom State, and former Electoral Officer in Rivers State, Gogo Anderson Waribo for his alleged collection of N16million from the infamous N23billion Diezani Allison Madueke’s 2015 general election bribery funds.

A statement by EFCC said Waribo was arrested by operatives of the anti-graft agency following intelligence report that some INEC officers conspired with some staff  of Fidelity Bank to defraud the Federal Government of several millions of naira.
 
Although, he has consistently denied involvement in the fraud, investigation revealed that the INEC Deputy Director’s name is on the list of beneficiaries of the money. 
 
 He is alleged to have received the sum of N16 million through his First Bank account on March 27, 2015. Waribo allegedly gave     N5 million from the N16 million to Peter Popnen, an ex- INEC official.

The suspect will be arraigned in court as soon as investigation is completed.

Also, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, said it has arraigned the duo of Usman B Abdurahman (KILISHIN DAS ) and Hafizu Dauda of the Bauchi State Judiciary before Justice M. A  Sambo of the Bauchi State High Court on a 6-count charge bordering on conspiracy, obtaining of goods under false pretence and presenting false documents.

The suspects who are Secretary and Treasurer respectively of the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees, (AUPCTRE) Judiciary Branch, Bauchi State were arrested following a petition by a top judicial officer in the state.
 
The officer alleged that sometime in 2009 the association entered into contract agreement  with De-Damak Nigeria Limited to supply 3,000 unit of motorcycles at the cost of N217,000,000 for distribution to its members, based on management guarantee and irrevocable standing payment order (ISPO)  by the High Court of Bauchi State. 
 
But the unionists allegedly diverted many units of the motorcycles and sold them to M. D. Tofa Investment Limited in Kano. It was also discovered that even the few names submitted by the union as beneficiaries of the loan for remittance were fictitious; others were either retired or dead, while majority could not be found in the central data base of the Bauchi State civil Service.

Count two of the charge reads, “ that you USMAN B. ABDURAHMAN and HAFIZU DAUDA, Sometime between October and November 2009 in Bauchi, Bauchi State within the jurisdiction of this High Court ,while being the Secretary and Treasurer, respectively for the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services Employees, (AUPCTRE) Judiciary Branch, Bauchi State, and in such capacities did with intent to defraud.
 
Defrauding was through obtaining as loan, 3000 units of motorcycle models AX 100 and CG 125 respectively valued at =N= 217, 000, 000. 00 (Two Hundred and Seventeen Million Naira only), from De-Damak Nig. Ltd under the false pretence that the motorcycles were to be distributed to members of the (AUPCTRE) union which you only utilized part and diverted 1, 170 Units valued at =N= 87, 050, 000. 00 (Eghity Seven Million, Fifty Thousand Naira) to your personal benefit thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (1) and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, No. 14, 2006”.

The defendants pleaded ‘not guilty’ to all the charges read against them. In view of their plea, the prosecution counsel Abubakar Aliyu urged the court to fix a date for trial in line with the practice direction of the Bauchi State High Court and also to remand the accused persons in prison custody. But the defense counsel Y. A Garkuwa informed the court that he filed a bail application dated 1st March, 2017 and served same to prosecution.

Justice Sambo adjoined the case to Friday March 3, 2017 for consideration of bail application, and March 20, 2017 for trial.
 

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