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Abdullahi Sends EFCC On Wild Goose Chase, Lands In Court For Lying


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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has arraigned one Abdullahi Tijjani for allegedly misleading the operatives of the anti-graft agency.

Tijjani was arraigned on one count of deceiving the commission by giving false information.

He was arraigned before Justice O.A. Egwuatu of the Federal High Court Kano, on Friday.

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The defendant allegedly misled operatives of the Commission by alleging falsely that a staff of Yankura Branch of EcoBank Plc unlawfully withdrew the sum of N7,200,000 from his corporate bank
account.

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The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge. Following the plea, the prosecution counsel, Sadiq Hussein, asked the court for a trial date, while the defence counsel moved an application for his bail.

Justice Egwuatu granted the defendant N1-million bail with two sureties providing the same amount.

Egwuatu adjourned the matter until November 19 for the commencement of the hearing.

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The charge stated: “That you, Abdullahi Tijjani, on or about 15 March 2019 in Kano within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, with intent to defraud, misled the officers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in the course of the exercise of their official duty, by giving false information that a staff of Yankura Branch of EcoBank Plc unlawfully withdrew the sum of N7,200,000 from your account with the bank with account name Bawahala Da Yardar Allah Investment Limited and account number 5852011911, which information you knew to be false and thereby committed an offense contrary to Section 39(2)(a) of the EFCC Establishment Act, 2004 and punishable under Section 39(2)(b) of the same Act.”

   
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