Thursday, June 23, 2016

EFCC arraigns Judge for N58.5m fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Friday, June 17, 2016, arraigned the duo of Suleiman Elkana, an Area Court Judge in Adamawa State and chairman, Justice Multi-purpose Cooperative Society Limited, Adamawa State and Solomon Philip, the Cooperative’s Secretary, before Justice Balkisu Aliyu of Federal High Court Yola, Adamawa State on a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretense to the tune of N58,550,555 (Fifty- Eight Million, Five Hundred and Fifty Thousand, Five Hundred and Fifty-Five Naira).

The complainant, Israel. C. Nwagbo, an employee of Coscharis Motors, allegedly entered into a contract with the Justice Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society for the supply of 1,846 units of TVC motorcycles for its members. According to Nwagbo, there was an agreement for payment of the motorcycles through monthly deductions from members’ salaries.

However, the accused persons allegedly diverted the said amount for their personal use. Justice Aliyu granted the accused persons bail in the sum of N5 million each and adjourned to September 26, 27 and 28, 2016 for commencement of trial.

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