The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission(EFCC), on Wednesday arraigned one Alhaji Yusha’u Mohammed Kebbe before Justice Darius Khobo of the Kaduna State High Court on an eight-count charge, bordering on conspiracy and criminal breach of trust.
A statement by the commission’s Head of Media and Publicity, Wilson Uwujaren, said the complainant petitioned EFCC, alleging that in 2006 while he was in Sudan for a United Nations military operations, the defendant, who is his childhood friend convinced him to invest in some projects that he is handling. He alleged the sum of N8 million and $156,200,000 was transferred to him for investment, safe keeping and settlement of personal commitments on his behalf.
The complainant stated that he later found out through enquiries that the defendant diverted all the money for his personal use, while all efforts to recover the sum have proved abortive till date.
During his arraignment, one of the charge read: “That you, Yusha’u Mohammed Ahmed on or about the 16th day of January, 2017 at Kaduna, within the jurisdiction of the high court of Kaduna, being entrusted with certain property to wit; the sum of $156,200,000 (One Hundred and Fifty-six Million, Two Hundred Thousand Dollars United States Dollar) only, belonging to Major General K. A, and thereby committed criminal breach of trust; an offence contrary to Section 311 of the Penal Code Law Cap. 89 Laws of Northern Nigeria 1963 and punishable under Section 312 of the same Law.”
According to Uwujaren, the suspect pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
The prosecution team, led by D. Ademu-Eteh asked the court for a trial date and for the defendant to be remanded in prison custody while the defence counsel, Y.A. Abass urged the court to grant suspect bail.
The judge remanded him in prison custody and adjourned the case till November 28 for hearing and ruling on the bail application.