Corruption and Underdevelopment

EFCC arraign fake aides of Patience Jonathan in Maiduguri

By Paul Michael

• Court remand man over alleged N693,000 fraud

The Maiduguri Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned two fake aides of former First Lady, Patience Jonathan before Justice Kumaliya of the Borno State High Court, sitting in Maiduguri.

The defendants are identified as Goni Muhammad and Seidu Seriki Haman.

They were arraigned on Monday, May 16, 2022, on two-count charges bordering on conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N26, 492,000.00 (Twenty Six Million, Four Hundred and Ninety-Two Thousand Naira).

According to EFCC spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren, the defendants allegedly conspired and obtained the sum, under the guise of selling two grams of gold belonging to a former First Lady, Patience Jonathan to a buyer.

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Count two of the charge read: “That you, Goni Mohammad and Seidu Seriki Hamman sometimes in January 2020 at Maiduguri, Borno State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud, did obtain 2 grams of gold at the rate of N26,492,000.00 (Twenty Six Million Four Hundred and Ninety Two Thousand Naira) allegedly belonging to the wife of the former President, Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan under the false pretence which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.”

The defendants pleaded ‘not guilty’ when the two counts were read to them, The Trumpet gathered.

Justice Kumaliya thereafter adjourned the matter to May, 25 and 26, 2022 for hearing and ordered the remand of the defendants in a Correctional Centre.

In the same vein, the Maiduguri Zonal Command on Thursday, May 19, 2022, re-arraigned Mamman Alhaji Jalomi before Justice Musa Mustapha of Borno State High Court, Maiduguri, on one count charge bordering on criminal misappropriation to the tune of N693,000.00.

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The defendant allegedly fraudulently sold 33 bags of beans belonging to one Babagana Abdullahi and diverted the monies to his personal use.

The one-count amended charge read: “That you Mamman Alhaji Jalomi sometimes in the year 2020 or thereabouts, in Maiduguri Borno State within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court dishonestly converted to your use the sum of Six Hundred and Ninety Three Thousand Naira (N693,000.00) only being proceeds from the sales of 33 bags of beans at Twenty One Thousand Naira (N21,000.00) each belonging to one Babangida Abdullahi and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Sections 308 and 309 of Penal Code Law Cap 102, Laws of Borno State respectively.”

The defendant pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the charge preferred against him by the EFCC, prompting prosecution counsel, Mukhtar Ali Ahmed to pray for a trial date.

Justice Musa Mustapha adjourned the matter to June 9, 2022, for trial and ordered the remand of the defendant at the Maiduguri Medium Security Custodial Centre.

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