EFCC Arraigns Judge, One Other for Obtaining N58.5m under False Pretence

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Gombe State Zone has arraigned Hon. Suleiman Elkana, an Area Court judge in Adamawa State and another person before Justice Balkisu Aliyu of Federal High Court, Yola, Adamawa State on three-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining the sum of N58,550,555 by false pretence.

The person arraigned with Sulaiman Elkana, the Chairman of Justice Multi-purpose Cooperative Society Limited Adamawa State, is Solomon Philip the Secretary of the co-operative. The complainant, Israel C. Nwagbo of Coscharis Motors, had alleged that he entered into contract with the Justice Multi-purpose Co-operative Society for the supply of 1,846 units of TVC motorcycles for its members with the payment to be made from monthly deductions from the members but the accused persons diverted the said amount for their personal use. The count two of the charge read that, Elkana, Solomon Maken and Amina Musa now deceased, sometime in September 2010 in Yola, Adamawa State, within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court did obtain by false pretense 446 units of TVC motorcycles valued at N57,980,000.00 from Coscharis Motors under the false pretence that the said TVC motorcycles would be disbursed to members of the co-operative society, which you knew to be false, thereby, committing an offence contrary to and punishable under sections 1 (1) ( a) and 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act, 2006 respectively. The two accused persons pleaded not guilty when the charges was read to them.