EFCC Arraigns One For N21.5m Fraud In Yobe

By Anne Osemekeh, Abuja

The Maiduguri Zonal Directorate of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned one Ibrahim Lafia (a.k.a. Kawu) for fraud to the tune of N21,500,000.

Ibrahim Lafia was arraigned before Justice Lawu Lawan of the Yobe State High Court, Damaturu, on Tuesday, June 11, 2024, according to a statement issued by the Commission’s spokesman, Dele Oyewale.

Lafia was arrested by operatives of the EFCC following a petition which alleged that he diverted monies meant for investment for processing maize into maize grits for his personal use.

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The defendant before his arrest was entrusted the with said sum by one Abdullahi Haruna, as his investment in processing maize into maize grits. According to the charge read against the defendant, he “dishonestly misappropriated” the amount, thereby committing an offence contrary to 311 of the Penal Code Law Cap.102 Laws of Yobe State of Nigeria and punishable under Section 312 of the same Law.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him.

Counsel to the prosecution, Mukhtar Ali Ahmad, prayed the court for a trial date and to remand the defendant in a Correctional Centre

Justice Lawan thereafter adjourned till July 8, 2024 for trial and remanded the defendant in prison custody pending the hearing of his bail application.

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