N20m JAMB Fraud: How Defendant ‘Owned Up’ To Crime – Witness
A prosecution witness and Director at the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Karimatu Abubakar, has testified in a money laundering case involving one Aliyu Yakubu.
Yakubu, a revenue officer with the Kano Zonal Office of JAMB, is facing eight counts bordering on criminal breach of trust, misappropriation of funds, and money laundering to the tune of N20 million.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) filed the charges against him at the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Abuja.
During proceedings on Thursday, Abubakar told Justice Peter Affen how the defendant admitted in the office that he diverted the money.
The funds, according to the EFCC, are proceeds from sales of e-facility cards while Yakubu reportedly replaced the sold cards with cardboard papers he cut to size.
In Lagos, one Olaniyi Ogungbaiye was arraigned by the anti-graft agency before Justice O. A. Taiwo of the Special Offences Court sitting in Ikeja.
The defendant was charged with four counts bordering on conspiracy to obtain money by false pretence, obtaining money by false pretence, and possession of fraudulent documents.
One of the counts read, “That you, Olaniyi Ogungbaiye and Babatunde Olanrewaju Oseifa aka Lanre Moet sometime in 2018, in Lagos within the Ikeja judicial with intent to defraud conspired to obtain several sums of money from unsuspected members of the public through romance and love scam in order to gain advantage for yourselves thereby committed an offence contrary to section (8)a of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act No. 14 of 2006.”
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