Alleged Fraud: EFCC arraigns former Bauchi DG in court

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The Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned former Bauchi State Director General, Bauchi Geographic and Information System (BAGIS) Honorable Baba Abubakar Suleiman in Court over allegations of fraud and obtaining money under false pretence.

The case no BA/52/2020 was between the Federal Government of Nigeria against Honorable Baba Abubakar Suleiman and Yusuf Abubakar.

Arraigning the accused Suleiman and Yusuf Abubakar before Justice Mohammed Abubakar Sambo of State high court Number three, today in Bauchi (EFCC) detectives Barnabas Okpapi said they were arraigned on seven-count charges contrary to section 362,363,366 and 368 of the Penal code.

Barnabas said EFCC received a petition against Suleiman on allegations of forgery, using as genuine forged documents, being in possession of the forged document and obtaining money under false pretence and investigated the matter at the end of its investigation a prima facie was establish linking the defendants with the alleged offences.

Detectives said Kamal Ibrahim Sabo is the complainant who alleged that the accused diverted his land which was allocated to him by the Bauchi state government and sold it.

He alleged that sometimes in November 2019 Abubakar made a false document with an agreement between himself and Kamal the document is in his possession with the application of withdrawal of interest in respect of Property number BA/40554 dated 28 November 2019.

Barnabas said The false agreement was used as genuine document an offence contrary to section 362,363,364,366 and 368 of the penal code laws.

He alleged that Suleiman conspires and commit an illegal act to obtain money the sum of 15.5 million Naira under false pretence and falsely the said the money was for the purchase of a plot of land NO/BA/40554 in the name of Alhaji Kamal Ibrahim Sabo and offence contrary to section1(3) and section 1(b) of the advance fee fraud and other fraud-related matters act 2006 punishable under section 1(C3) and section 1(3) of the same act.

When the case was mentioned the two accused persons pleaded not guilty to the offence.

Counsel to the accused Barrister Mathias Tsuwa filed bail applications for the accused.

The presiding Judge Justice Sambo ordered the accused to be remanded in prison custody and fix 3 December for ruling on the bail application.

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