Cooperative Chairman Arraigned for N22.5m Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Thursday October 24, 2013 arraigned one Alhaji Sani Adamu, a traditional title holder of the Muri Emirate Council Jalingo, Taraba State alongside his company, Kam-Kura Multipurpose Society, before Justice Donatus U. Okorowo of the Federal High Court Jalingo on a 2-count charge that borders on conspiracy to obtain goods by false pretence and issuance of dud cheque. The offences are contrary to and punishable under Sections 8(a), 1(3) and Sections 1(1) (b), 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offences Act 2006.
Adamu, who pleaded not guilty to the charge, is alleged to have defrauded Jografay Nigeria Limited through a bogus rice supply contract awarded to the company by his (accused) cooperative. Sometime in 2009, Jografav Nigeria Limited was awarded a contract to supply 3000 bags of rice worth N37.5 million by Kam-Kura Multipurpose Society where Adamu was Chairman. After the receipt of 1800 bags of rice worth N22.5 million, Jografav was asked to stop supply until further directives from the accused. After waiting for a long time without receiving any directives to complete the supply, the complainant demanded for payment for the 1800 bags of rice so far supplied. Consequently, Adamu issued the complainant a cheque of N7.5 million on 17th February 2010 which was dishonoured by the bank.
In view of the no guilt plea by the accused, prosecution counsel Al Qasim Ja'afar urged the court to fix a date to commence trial.
Defence counsel, Ahmed Umar Bashir raised no objection to the application.
Justice Okorowo adjourned the case till 13 and 14th of November 2013, while remanding the accused person in prison custody.

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