Alleged N92m Fraud: EFCC Arraigns Ex-Nasarawa Gov’s Son, Adamu
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned Mohammed Adamu, son of former governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Adamu.
Adamu was arraigned on Wednesday alongside one Felix Ojiako on five counts of money laundering before Justice J. K. Dagat of the Federal High Court sitting in Kano.
The anti-graft agency revealed the development in a statement signed by the EFCC Acting Head of Media and Publicity, Mr Samin Amaddin.
Adamu’s trouble followed a petition by one Atta Esin, the Executive Director of Biolocks Technologies Limited.
He alleged that the defendants used his company’s name (Biolocks) to execute a contract without his knowledge, claiming that the contract resulted in the accumulation of withholding tax to the tune of N1,311,519.99.
The EFCC said while the petitioner claimed the contract worth N26,230,399.60, an investigation into the alleged fraud revealed that the actual contract sum was N92,036,490.
They said Adamu and his co-accused allegedly perpetrated the fraud by forging the board resolution of the company, in order to open a new account in the company’s name where the proceeds of the contract were subsequently deposited.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty when it was read to them.
In view of their pleas, the prosecuting counsel, B. M. Buhari, asked the court for a date to commence trial.
Adamu’s counsel, Mamman Lawal, also raised no objection but prayed the court to admit his clients to bail.
Buhari opposed the bail application with a seven-paragraph counter affidavit.
He, however, left the discretion to or not to grant the application to the court.
Justice Daggard consequently adjourned till February 7 for ruling on the bail application and ordered the defendants to be remanded in EFCC custody.
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