EFCC arraigns 4 in Kano for ‘diverting’ N71 million NUT funds

The Kano Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned four suspects for allegedly diverting the sum of N71.8 million meant for the supply of rice and pasta to members of the National Union of Teachers (NUT).

DAILY FOCUS reports that this was revealed in a statement by the EFCC on Monday.

According to the statement, the suspects Alhaji Musa Saleh; Shuaibu Muhammed, Garba Ado and Bala Mato, were arraigned before Justice Lawan Wada of a Kano State High Court, on 8-count charges bordering on criminal breach of trust and forgery.

The accused persons allegedly conspired and diverted the sum of N71.8 million, which was meant for the supply of rice and spaghetti to members of the NUT in Gwarzo local government area of Kano state. 

It was further alleged that, the accused persons fraudulently forged award letters addressed to the Managing Director, Muzaimus Imports and Exports Nigeria Limited, in an effort to execute their illicit act.

One of the charges read: “That you Alhaji Musa Saleh, while acting as the coordinator of National Union of Teachers, Gwarzo; Bala Mato, Garba Ado and Shuaibu Mohammed sometime on July 2018, or thereabout at Kano within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did dishonestly convert to your personal use, the sum of N50,800,000 (Fifty Million Eight Hundred Thousand Naira, Only), value of 4000 bags of Thailand Rice, meant for distribution among the members of National Union of Teachers, Gwarzo Branch, from one Muzaimus Import and Export Limited and thereby committed an offense contrary to section 311 and punishable under section 312 of the Penal Code Law”.

The accused persons all pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them.

In view of their pleas, prosecution counsel, Zarami Mohammed, requested the court for a hearing date.

But Murtala Almi, counsel representing the second accused person Mr Muhammad, applied for bail on behalf of his client.

In his ruling Justice Wada admitted the second accused person to bail in the of sum N5 million with two reliable sureties.

Similarly the third and fourth accused persons, Messrs Ado and Mato, were also admitted to bail on the same conditions as the second accused person.

However, the court granted the first accused person, Mr Saleh, whose name appeared in all the eight- count charges bail in the sum of N20 million and two reliable sureties.

The judge also ordered that all the sureties must be civil servants not below grade level 12.

Justice Wada ruled that the sureties must also swear to an affidavit of means of livelihood.

He then adjourned the matter till August 26, 2020, for commencement of trial.

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