EFCC Arraigns Vice Chancellor for N260m Fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today, Tuesday, October 12, 2021 arraigned a former Vice Chancellor of Federal University, Gusau, Professor Magaji Garba, before Justice Maryam Hassan Aliyu of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Jabi Abuja, on a five-count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence and forgery,

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He allegedly extorted various sums from a contractor on the pretext of awarding him a N3billion contract for the perimeter wall fencing of the university.

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The offence is contrary to Section 1 (1) (a) and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.

Count two of the charge reads: “That you, Professor Magaji Garba, whilst being the Vice Chancellor, Federal University, Gusau, on or about the 15th of May, 2019, in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N100,000,000 (One Hundred Million Naira) from Alhaji Shehu Umar Sambo, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Ministaco Nigeria Limited, a contractor executing the construction of the Grand Convocation Square of the Federal University, Gusau, under the false pretence of awarding a project for the perimeter wall fencing of the university valued at the total  sum of N3,000,000,000.00 (Three Billion Naira) which representation/pretense you knew to be false”.

Count three  reads: “That you, Professor Magaji Garba, whilst being the Vice Chancellor, Federal University, Gusau, on or about the 1st August, 2019, in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N150,000,000.00 (One Hundred and fifty Million Naira from Alhaji Shehu Umar Sambo, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Ministaco Nigeria Limited, a contract executing the construction of the Grand Convocation Square at the Federal University, Gusau under the false presence of awarding a project for the perimeter wall fencing of the university valued at the total sum of N3,000,000,000.00 (Three Billion Naira), which representation/ pretence you knew to be false.”

The defendant pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to him.

Upon his plea, counsel to the EFCC, Sylvanus Tahir, asked for a trial date, and requested that the defendant be remanded in prison custody.

But the defence counsel, R. Usman, applied for the bail of his client. The application was, however, opposed by the prosecuting counsel on the ground that he was only served today, at about 10:33 am.

Justice Aliyu, after listening to the argument of the counsel, adjourned the matter until Thursday, October 14, 2021 for hearing of the bail application and remanded the defendant in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Service./SHARE THIS

 

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