EFCC Arraigns Ex-Banker, Wife for Alleged Loan Scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Kano has arraigned one Shehu Muhammad Aliyu, a former staff a new generation bank and his wife, Ramatu Abdullahi, before Justice Nasiru Saminu of the Kano State High Court for conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence.

Shehu was arraigned on a five-count charge while the wife Ramatu was arraigned on one-count charge both bordering on obtaining money by false pretence.

The first defendant Shehu Mohammed, being an account officer in the bank, allegedly obtained loans through non-existent account holders ( which he created himself) purporting same to be staff of Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH) Kano State, by presenting AKTH documents which turned out to be forged.

Investigations further revealed that the second defendant’s account was used to deposit part of the loan sum.

Count one of the charge read “that you Shehu Muhammad Aliyu, Baba Abba Sambo (now at large), Ramatu Abdullahi  and Hadiza Sani (now at large) sometime in 2013 or thereabout at Kano, Kano State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court and with the intent to defraud, conspired among yourselves to do an illegal act to wit; obtaining money by false pretence and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 8(a) and punishable under section 1(3) of advance fee fraud and other related offences Act 2006.”

The defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges against them, while prosecution counsel Zarami Mohammed asked the court for a date for the commencement of trial.

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The defence counsel prayed the court to hear their bail application.

Justice Saminu granted the first defendant bail with one million naira and two reliable sureties in like sum. One of the sureties shall be a close relative of the defendant and should have a landed property within the jurisdiction of the court covered by a certificate of occupancy. The other surety, who shall be a civil servant of not less than grade level 13, should deposit his passport photograph with the court registrar after proper inspection.

The second defendant, Ramatu Abdullah shall continue to enjoy the bail granted by the same court in her earlier appearance.

The court further directed the first defendant to be remanded in prison custody pending the fulfillment of his bail conditions.

The matter was adjourned to the 12th March, 2020 for hearing.

James Obi: James Obi hold Bachelor's and Master's degrees in the social sciences, and has worked as a correspondent for various Nigerian national dailies for over a decade.
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