Nigeria’s Anti-graft Agency, EFCC Re-arraigns Ex-Minister, Bulama, Four Others Over N450Million Fraud

Nigeria’s Anti-graft Agency, EFCC Re-arraigns Ex-Minister, Bulama, Four Others Over N450Million Fraud

The Maiduguri Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has actually re-arraigned a previous Minister of Science and Technology, Abdu Bulama over scams charges submitted versus him.

He was re-arraigned on Monday prior to Justice Fadima Murtala Aminu of the Federal High Court being in Damaturu, Yobe State, on 7 counts of criminal conspiracy and cash laundering to the tune of N450 million (Four Hundred and Fifty Million Naira).

EFCC representative, Wilson Uwujaren, specified the advancement in a declaration provided to SaharaReporters on Tuesday.

According to him, the ex-minister was re-arraigned along with a previous Commissioner for Integrated and Rural Development in Yobe State, Mohammed Kadai, along with 3 others particularly Abba Gana Tata, Muhammad Mamu and Hassan Ibn Jaks.

Bulama was stated to have supposedly got the stated amount from Diezani Alison-Madueke, a previous Minister of Petroleum Resources, to affect the result of the 2015 Presidential election as the Coordinator of previous President Goodluck Jonathan’s 2015 Re-election Campaign Committee in Yobe.

Kadai was deputy planner, while the other 3 accuseds were members of the committee.

Count among the charges checks out, “That you, Dr Abdu Bulama, Hon. Mohammed Kadai, Abbas Gana Tata, Muhammad Mamu And Hassan Ibn Jaks on or about the 27 th day of March 2015 at Damaturu, Yobe State, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did concur amongst yourselves to do an unlawful act, to wit: conspiracy to dedicate cash laundering and therefore dedicated an offense contrary to and punishable under Section 18( a) of the cash Laundering (Prohibition) Act 2011 as changed.”

But throughout their arraignment, the offenders pleaded innocent to the charges chosen versus them by the EFCC.

Upon their pleas, prosecution counsel, Mukhtar Ali Ahmed, asked the court for a trial date and to remand the offenders in a correctional centre pending the decision of the case.

The lead counsel for the accuseds, E. A. Adenitan, notified the court that bail applications had actually been submitted and served on the court and the prosecution. He, for that reason, prompted the court to confess the accuseds to bail pending trial.

While opposing the bail applications of the accuseds, Ali Ahmed hoped the court for a sped up hearing,” pursuant to Section 19 of the EFCC Establishment Act 2004.”

He, nevertheless, stated the court ought to exercise its discretion in favour of the accuseds, including that the bail conditions” ought to be such that will ensure their presence in court routinely to deal with trial”.

In her judgment, Justice Aminu confessed the accuseds to bail in the amount of N50 million each with 2 sureties in the amount of N25 million each.

The judge held that the sureties might be personal entrepreneurs or experts in any field or occupation. The sureties should likewise send to the Registrar of the Court their Tax Clearance Certificate for the last 2 years.

The court likewise held that the offenders will transfer their passports, official/diplomatic passports or any worldwide files that they can utilize to leave the nation, with the court.

Aminu afterwards adjourned the matter till January 18, 19 and 20, 2022 for beginning of trial and purchased that the accuseds be remanded in Potiskum Correctional Facility pending the fulfilment of their bail conditions.

The accuseds were very first arraigned on Friday, May 29, 2018, prior to Justice Hammada Isa Dashen of the Federal High Court, Damaturu.

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