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EFCC arraigns ex-banker for N12.6m fraud

24 October 2013, 13:38

Kano - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday arraigned Yagana Bukar, a former bank worker, before a Federal High Court in Kano for money laundering and theft.

She was arraigned on a 10-count charge, including money laundering and theft.

The prosecution said that Bukar allegedly stole N12.6 million from a customer’s account at Skye Bank, using her position as the customer’s account officer.

The accused allegedly syphoned the money from the account, using three Skye Bank accounts belonging to her sister, Hajja Fanna; her brother, Grema Bukar; and her child, Ummu Kulthum.

The prosecution said that Bukar also used part of the money to open a provision store in the Kawo neighbourhood of Kano.

However, the accused pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The prosecution counsel, Nasiru Salele, said that considering the plea of the accused, he was ready to proceed with the case, adding that he had also lined up some witnesses.

However, the defence counsel, Ma’aruf Yakasai, urged the court to grant his client bail after presenting a 15-paragraph affidavit.

Salele, nonetheless, opposed the bail application with a 14-paragraph counter affidavit.

Justice Fatu Riman later adjourned the case to Friday, October 25, for a ruling on the bail application and fixed Monday, October 28, for the continuation of hearing.

He, however, ordered that the accused should be remanded in prison custody pending his ruling on the bail application.

-  NAN

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