On Thursday, January 7, 2016, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has docked one Ibrahim Akut Baba, the Care-taker Chairman of Kaura Local Government in Kaduna State, before Justice Tukur Muazu of the State High Court sitting in Kaduna on one count charge bordering on obtaining by false pretence.
The petitioner, Alhaji Auwal Ibrahim of Rahusa Investment Limited, Sabon Hunkuyi, Kaduna State alleged that, sometimes in 2011, the accused informed him that, he had secured for him a contract for the supply of gas at N200, 000.00 (two hundred thousand naira) per truck and that, he should advance him a total sum of N1, 000,000.00 (one million naira) for five trucks.
The victim paid the said money into the accused account domiciled in one of the new generation banks.
The deal turned soar as the accused failed to deliver on the initial agreement.
The charge reads: “That you, Akut Baba Ibrahim on or about the 17th day of June, 2011 at Kaduna within the Kaduna Judicial Division with intent to defraud obtained the total sum of N1, 000,000.00 (One Million Naira only) in two installments of N500,000 each bearing deposit tellers no. 0605773 and 0605777 respectively from one Alhaji Auwal Ibrahim by false pretence through your Oceanic Bank (Now Ecobank) account with account number 0140001016469 by false representation that you would help him secure allocation of Gas products from the Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation, which representation you knew to be false thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act”.
When the charge was read to the accused, he pleaded not guilty.
Counsel to EFCC, Musa Isah urged the court to fix a date for hearing adding that, he was ready with all the witnesses and evidences to prove the case against the accused.
Justice Muazu adjourned the case to February 4, 2016 for trial and ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody. [EFCC]
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