EFCC arraigns Kano Guber candidate over alleged $1.3m fraud

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EFCC arraigns Kano Guber candidate over alleged $1.3m fraud

By Soni Daniel
Kano – While political parties get ready for the 2019 general elections, the candidate of Green Party of Nigeria, GPN, Abdulsalam Saleh Adbulkareen, was in the court answering to charges of fraud amounting to $1.3 million pressed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

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The anti-graft agency dragged Abdulkareen and one other, 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 $1.3 million.

The petitioner alleged that sometimes in 2014, the defendants connived and fraudulently obtained the said sum from him with the promise that it would be used for business investment, which eventually turned out to be false.

Abdulkareen was also reported to have met with the Personal Assistant of the petitioner known as Muhannat in a hotel in the Republic of Kuwait for a talk on the said dealings.

The meeting led to his (Abdulkareen’s) invitation to Nigeria via a company, Seit Nigeria Limited during which the sum of $1.5 million was displayed to him as the sum belonging to the partner in the ‘acclaimed investment’.

One of the charges brought against the suspects reads: ”That you Abdulkareem Saleh Abdulsalam, Ebere Nzechukwu (aka General Aria), Michael Edosa (at Large), sometime in August 2014, at Kano within the Kano Judicial Division of the High Court, with intent to defraud, conspired to obtain the total sum of $1.3 million from Dr. Jamman Al-Azmi when you represented that you have the capacity to partner with him for joint venture business, which representation you knew to be false, thereby committing 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.”

However, 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 as “they have already been enjoying an administrative bail given by EFCC”.

Ojogbane did not oppose the application for bail but stated that “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, thereafter, granted the accused persons bail in the sum of N100 million and one surety in like sum; the surety, the judge said must have a landed property in Kano.

The case has been adjourned to January 29 and 30, 2019 for hearing.

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