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EFCC arraigns two Adamawa ex-civil servants over alleged N51.1m fraud

From Umar Dankano, Yola.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) has arraigned the former administrator and former accountant of the Adamawa state German Medical Centre, Hajiya Fadimatu Sani Yakubu and Ibrahim Sani Husseini before a High Court sitting in Yola over alleged misappropriation of Fifty one million one hundred and sixty eight thousand three hundred and sixty eight naira (N51,168,368.00) only.

In a suit with case no. HC/ADST/118/C/2022 the duo were arraigned on ten count charges of criminal breach of trust by public servants contrary to section 306 of the Penal code laws of Adamawa state.

The EFCC alleged that the dou were issuing fake receipts bearing Gabbyto Pharmacy Ltd cash/credit invoices and that of one company named G & G Ventures to defraud the hospital (Adamawa-German medical centre) for their personal selfish interests.

At a hearing Thursday before the court presided over by Justice Danladi Muhammad, the EFCC counsel, Barrister A.M Labaran told the court that the accused persons conspired and committed the alleged offences sometimes between January and December 2018 while holding sway as administrator and Accountant at the centre.

Barrister Lawan while leading the prosecution witnesses in testimony tendered four receipts where the owner of the Gabbyto Pharmacy Ltd. Mr. Gabriel Okwuma was ordered to compare the original and fake receipts and explain to the court the identity of his authentic receipts and invoices which he did by saying his company’s receipt has only 4 digits while the fake one has 6-8 digits on it.

Also in his testimony, the second witness in the case, Mr. Cosmas Anene of Cosmamaco Investment Nigeria told the court the name G & G ventures given as his company was not correct stressing that his firm supply car batteries and not pharmaceutical items.

Barrister Lawan asked the court to admit and mark those receipts as exhibits A to D which would be use as evidences in the future hearing (trial proceedings).

On his part, the Defence counsel, Barrister Salihu Adamu also led the two witnesses docked by clarifying relevant informations about their businesses receipts and contractual engagements with the Adamawa German Hospital in which Mr. Gabriel of Gabbyto pharmacy confirmed that his company has business engagements.

The second witness, Mr. Anene denied in categorical terms of any business relationship between his company and the Adamawa German medical centre as tendered by the Prosecution.

After exhausting the testimonies of the witnesses by the prosecution and defence counsels, the court adjourned the case to the 1st of March 2023 for continuation of proceedings.

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