A man identified as Mohammed Baba Isah was on Tuesday arraigned before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
He was brought before Justice Ibrahim Jauro of court 3, Yobe state High Court on a three-count charge bordering on criminal misappropriation and forgery.
The offences are contrary to and punishable under penal code laws of the state.
On January 18, 2019, EFCC had received a petition against the accused person, Mohammed Baba Isah dated January 18, 2017, alleging that the accused defrauded what the court termed as a nominal complaint the sum of about N16.5 million through forged documents and stamp of some financial institutions in the state.
An investigation conducted into the case revealed a prima facie evidence that the accused person was the manager of the Nominal Complainant’s company named MBC Synergy Concept Limited into which N25 million was invested for the purpose of doing business in telecommunication.
After hearing the three count charge read before him and the court by the bailiff, the defended pleaded guilty that sometimes in 2017, he converted to his personal use the sum of N16. 463 million being proceeds from the N25 million invested in the account of the MBC Synergy Concept Limited for the purpose of telecommunication business.
The accused person, Mohammed Baba Isah, according to the investigation, was said to be able to do that through forged documents and stamp of First Bank Plc and Access Bank Plc in Damaturu, the Yobe state capital.
The court sitting presided over by Justice Ibrahim Jauro made it clear to the defendant that his offences are contrary to and punishable under section 308 and 309 as well as 368 of the penal code law of Yobe state.
The prosecution counsel, Khalid Sanusi said “the accused will be sentenced having pleaded guilty of the offences”. However, that of the defendant declined to comment.
The sitting was adjourned to the 19th February 2019 for the passage of judgment, while the accused person asked to refund the money.