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EFCC Docks Hajj Agent For N1.5m Fraud

One Mallam Kabiru Jibrin has been arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, before Justice M.G. Umar of the Federal High Court sitting in Gombe, Gombe State on a three-count charge of obtaining money by false pretense to the tune of N1.56m.

One of the charges read: “That you, Mallam Kabiru Jibrin (M), sometime in September 2013 or thereabout in Gombe, Gombe State, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with the intent to defraud, committed an illegal act to wit: obtaining the cumulative sum of N810,000.00 only through your UBA account number 1005433707 from one Aliyu Audu Awual under the false pretense that you are a Hajj agent and that the money will be used to secure a Hajj seat to enable him perform the 2013 Hajj, which money you fraudulently converted for your personal use and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (1) and punishable under Section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.”The accused person pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him.

In view of his plea the prosecution counsel, Nnaemeka Omewa, prayed the court to fix a date to commence trial and urged the court to remand the accused person to prison custody. Justice Umar ordered the accused to be remanded in prison and adjourned the case to September 15, 2015 for trial.

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