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Bauchi State Scholarship Board staff on fraud charges

22 May 2014, 07:27Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Two employees from the Bauchi State Scholarship Board are facing charges of defrauding the board of more than N8 million.

Bello Mohammed Tukur and Shamsuden Abdullahi, have been arraigned before Justice Mohammed Garba Umar at the Federal High Court Bauchi for conspiracy, forgery and stealing.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission is seeking their prosecution.

The duo sometime in 2012, allegedly defrauded the Bauchi State Scholarship Board of the funds after the sum was allegedly pulled out from the board’s accounts at the defunct FinBank (now FCMB) and GT Bank Plc, with forged instruments.

According to the Commission investigation by revealed that Tukur and his accomplices, intercepted and doctored students scholarship cheques before cashing them with fake student identity cards.

The anti-corruption agency added that fictitious names were also found to have been added to the payment vouchers by Tukur.

One of the count reads, “That you, Bello Tukur, Shamsudeen Abdullahi and Kabiru Shuaibu (now at large) sometime between May and July 2012 in Bauchi, Bauchi State within the Jurisdiction of this court, the Federal High Court of Nigeria did fraudulently convert to your own use, monies, the sum of N8,023,440:00 (eight million, twenty three thousand, four hundred and forty naira only) property of the Bauchi State Scholarship Board and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 383 and punishable under Section 390(9) of the Criminal Code Act, Cap C38, Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (LFN) 2004.”

Although the accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charge but prosecuting counsel, Alqasim Ja’afar, asked the court to fix a date for trial.

Attempts by counsel to the accused persons to move an oral application for bail was turned down by the judge who asked them to come formally before the court.

Justice Umar adjourned the case to June 17 for trial and the accused persons were ordered to be remanded in prison custody.

– CAJ News

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