Thursday, May 18, 2017

TETFUND Accountant, Two Others Arraigned Over N623m Contract Scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on May 15, 2017 arraigned the trio of Auwal Ibrahim, principal accountant,Tertiary Education Trust Fund, Abuja; Wali Muktar Usman, director of works, Federal College of Education, Gombe and Architect Yunusa Yakubu and his company Lubell Nigeria Limited and Archfirst Nigeria limited before Justice Sa'ad Muhammad of the Gombe State High Court on a 17 count charge bordering on conspiracy, contract scam, abuse of office and diversion of public funds.

The accused persons allegedly abused their positions by awarding inflated Tetfund contracts to companies in which they had interest or which belong to their cronies, and receiving gratification from contractors. ...

Count three of the charge reads,
"That you, Auwal Ibrahim, being a public officer working at Tetfund in such capacity sometime in February 2015, on account of Tetfund contract, funded by your office and executed by Lubell Nigeria Limited at Gombe State University in Gombe, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did received for your self monetary benefit of =N=143, 122, 174.02 (One Hundred and Forty Three Million, One Hundred and Twenty Two Thousand, One Hundred and Seventy Four Naira, Two Kobo) through First Bank Account No.2026950260 belonging to Double Espresso Ltd, a limited liability company which you have interest therein from the said Lubell Nigeria Ltd (contactor) thereby committed an offence contrary to and Punishable under Section 10 (i)(ii) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000".

While adjourning the case to 20 June, 2017 for trial, Justice Muhammed also granted bail to all the accused persons in the sum of N10m each and two sureties in like sums. The sureties must have landed property with Certificate of Occupancy within the jurisdiction of the court.

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