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Man in court for absconding with N7.1m cement money

…the money was for the purchase and supply of 1,800 bags of BUA cement at the rate of N3,950 per bag

The Sokoto Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, 21 March 2024, arraigned one Ibrahim Salisu Isah before Justice Bashar Ibrahim Tambuwal of the Sokoto State High Court sitting in Sokoto.

He was arraigned on a one-count charge of criminal breach of trust to the tune of N7,110,000.00 (Seven Million One Hundred and Ten Thousand Naira only).

The charge reads: “That you Ibrahim Salisu Isah Adult, Male, sometime in November 2022 at Sokoto within the Judicial Division of the High Court of Sokoto State, while being entrusted with the sum of N7,110,000.00 (Seven Million One Hundred and Ten Thousand Naira), by one Buhari Hammani Gumbi to purchase and supply 1,800 bags of BUA cement at the rate of N3,950 per bag, dishonestly misappropriated the money to your personal use in violation of the mode in which the trust is to be discharged and thereby committed the offence of criminal breach of trust contrary to Section 300 of the Sokoto State Penal Code Law and punishable under Section 301 of the same Law”.

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The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him. Prosecution counsel,  S.H Sa’ad then applied for a trial date while defence counsel Shamsu Dauda applied for bail for the accused.

Sa’ad objected to the defence counsel’s oral application for bail, arguing that being a court of records; the defence must come formally by way of an affidavit for the prosecution to respond.

JusticeTambuwal adjourned the matter to April 23, 2024, for a hearing. He also ordered a formal bail application and remanded the defendant in the custody of the Correctional Services.

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