Adebiyi Adedapo in Abuja
Operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have swept on a former governorship candidate in Bauchi State, Abdullahi Adamu, for an alleged fraud of N6.5 billion.
Abdulahi was arrested after a petition by a Chinese national, Fengquai Zhai, who alleged that the suspect duped him over N6.5 billion, after appointing him a shareholder with 30 per cent share in his company, Solid Units Nigeria Limited, in partial fulfillment of the mandatory requirements for incorporation of a company in Nigeria.
The complainant further alleged that the suspect forged several documents at the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) in an attempt to take over the company from him.
Abdulahi who had been declared wanted at different times, was arrested on Monday, April 18, 2016 by the Force Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in Bauchi and handed over to operatives of EFCC, for alleged criminal conspiracy, fraud and obtaining money by false pretence to the tune of N6,523,431,000, including $ 550,000.
However, the suspect alongside with one Yusuf Ali of Solid Unit Nigeria Limited are alleged to have obtained the sum of N23,431,000 from one Olajide Olaleye, Managing Director, TTMW Services Nigeria Limited.
The former governorship aspirant was also arrested following a petition by Zhou Shanqing, the Economic and Commercial Counsellor Embassy of the People Republic of China on behalf of Shengjia International Limited who allegedly made an advance payment of the sum of $550,000 to his (suspect) company for the supply of 300 Mt of lead ore.
Among other things, the suspects sometime in June 2011, allegedly entered into a contract agreement with the complainant for the supply of 250 metric tonnes of lead ore at the rate of N80,000 as well as N28,000.00 per tonnes of zinc ore, totalling N20,000,000.
The complainant, however, could not receive the goods three months after the contract shipment time.
The suspect is expected to be charged to court after investigations are concluded.