- Two suspects have been arraigned by the EFCC over alleged fraud
- While Nathaniel Attah is alleged to have defrauded his organisation, Ibrahim Na-Ta'ala reportedly sold land belonging to another person
- They pleaded not guilty to the charges against them
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned one Nathaniel Attah before Justice Tukur Muazu of the Kaduna state high court on a one count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust and misappropriation to the tune of N10, 611,171. 70.
The EFCC also arraigned one Ibrahim Na-Ta'ala before the same court on a one count charge of obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N2, 400,000.
A statement obtained by NAIJ.com showed that Attah was arrested by the EFCC operatives following a petition from his employer, Sharon Petroleum Limited, for allegedly diverting N10, 611,171. 70 sometimes in April 2017, as a manager of Lugbe station in Abuja.
Na-Ta'ala was alleged to have obtained the sum of N2, 400,000 from a complainant under the pretext of selling a plot of land to him.
It was gathered that the land was, however, discovered to be a property of another person.
The EFCC says its investigations revealed that the N10, 611,171. 70 Attah allegedly embezzled was the differences from the daily sales of the petroleum products which were recorded at the suspect's station.
When confronted with the allegation, the accused person reportedly admitted to have misappropriated the alleged sum.
“He initially pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to him, but he later changed his plea to not guilty.
“In view of his later plea, prosecution counsel, Salihu Sani, requested a date for trial and also urged the court to remand the accused in prison custody.
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“Like Attah, Na-Ta'ala also pleaded not guilty to one count charge and he was subsequently remanded in prison custody.
“Justice Mu’azu adjourned both cases to 7th June, 2018 for trial, and remanded the accused persons in prison custody pending the consideration of their bail application,” the statement said.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Gombe zonal office of the EFCC arraigned one Maduako Ugonma Chinomso before Justice Abubakar Jauro of the state high court on two count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretence.
Madueke, a serving corps member posted to Kaduna and later redeployed to Akwa Ibom state was reportedly arrested at Uyo by the EFCC operatives following a petition by one Yusuf Idris of Tumfure quarters in Gombe stated.
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