Kaduna Speaker, Six Others Arrested Over N30m Fraud By EFCC

The Deputy Speaker of the Kaduna State House of Assembly, Dr. Mato Dogara, and six former officials of Lere Local Government Council were on Monday charged before Federal High Court, Kaduna for alleged conspiracy and fraud amounting to N30 million.

The other accused persons included Kabiru Tahir, former interim committee Chairman of the council; Ahmed Yahya, former Director of Finance, and Billy Graham, former Director of Works.

Others were Yushau Aboki, ex-Director of Personnel; Hannatu Iliya, Head of Health, and Eric Alhassan, former acting Chairman of the council.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the accused persons were arrested and arraigned in court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, following a petition against them by un- named persons from the local government area.

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Counsel to the EFCC, Sa’ad Hannafi told the court that the accused persons were standing trial on a six-count charge of conspiracy and fraud.

He said the charges were contraray to Sections 1(2) (c) of the Miscellaneous Offences Act 2004, and 1(1) a under the Advance Free Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006.

Hannafi said the accused persons had between March 2011 and February 2012 conspired and attempted to defraud the council of over N30 million.

The EFCC said in case No: FHC/KD/3c/2013, between Federal Republic of Nigeria and the seven accused persons that: “Sometime between March 2011 and Feb. 2012, at Kaduna State within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court, conspired among yourselves to do an illegal act.

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“You obtained money by false pretence and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 8(a) of the Advance Free Fraud and Other Related Offences Act 2006, and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.”

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