- A former executive director (retail) of the Aso Savings and Loan Plc, Abuja, Maimuna Aliyu, has been accused of diverting N57 million
- The Independent Corrupt and other Related Offences Commission said the N57 million was realised from sales of property belonging to the bank
- Maimuna who was expected to be arraigned on Tuesday, December 5, failed to appear at the court
The Independent Corrupt and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on Tuesday, December 5, revealed how the former executive director (retail) of the Aso Savings and Loan Plc, Abuja, Maimuna Aliyu diverted N57 million.
The ICPC in a three court charges filed against Maimuna who was also dropped as a member of the commission's board, said the funds were realised from sales of property belonging to the bank.
The suit was filed before a Federal Capital Territory High Court in Jabi district of Abuja.
The ICPC said the commission also had difficulties serving the court processes on Maimuna, the mother to Maryam Sanda who also is facing criminal charges for killing her husband - a son to the former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Halilu Bello.
Although the defendant was expected to be arraigned on Tuesday, December 5, hearing on the matter was stalled due to the absence of Maimuna.
Counsel to the ICPC, Osuobeni Akponimisingha, told the court that Maimuna was eventually served through the investigating police officer who claimed that she had been informed of the arraignment date.
Akponimisingha said: "Since we did not procure hearing notice from the court to serve, we take responsibility of her absence in court."
The ICPC counsel further prayed the court for a short adjournment to serve her with the hearing notice.
In his response, counsel to the defendant, Joe Gadzama, told the court that his client was not aware of the arraignment and hence, the reason for her absence.
Gadazama said he was not present when the IPO served the defendant with the process.
He however promised to bring the defendant to court at the next adjourned date.
Having heard submission from both parties, the judge over the matter, Justice Nasiru adjourned the case to Thursday, December 14.
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NAIJ.com earlier reported that Maimuna was expected to be arraigned at an FCT High Court by the ICPC.
Maimuna is alleged to have diverted N57 million belonging to Aso Savings for her personal use.
ICPC alleged that Maimuna on December 7, 2012 in Abuja used her position in the bank to confer corrupt advantage upon herself when she received the sum of about 360,000 dollars, the equivalent of N57 million at the time being the amount for the sale of Plots Nos 2432; and 2434 all in Cadastral Zone BO8, Jahi District, Abuja property of Aso Saving and Loans Plc.
Part of the charges read that: "You Maimuna Aliyu made false statements to the operatives of ICPC, in the course of their official duties that Plots Nos 2432;2433 and 2437 all in Cadastral Zone, BO8, Jahi District, Abuja, properties of Aso Savings and Loans plc were sold to Bangana Bashir acting as agent to Vincent Msheila of Subwang Global Integrated Limited, and that she handed over the sum of N57 million being the amount for the sale of the said plots at the time, to one Bilikisu Rimi (Company Secretary, Aso Savings and Loans Plc, Abuja), statement you knew to be false; and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 25(1)(a) and (b) of the ICPC Act, 2000."
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