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Sokoto education officials arraigned for graft

09 April 2014, 18:21

Sokoto - Permanent Secretary and Deputy Director of Sokoto State Ministry of Education, Mohammed Abubakar and Abdullahi Ahmed respectively, have been arraigned in court over allegations of conspiracy, forgery and money laundering.

The two have appeared at the Federal High Court, Sokoto to answer to 43 charges bordering on those offences.

"The suspects, who are both civil servants, are alleged to be living above their means as the extent of their assets is not supported by their legitimate sources of income," stated the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

Abubakar is said to own five companies -Rose Gallery Nigeria Limited, Silver Spring Concept, Gidadawa Global Ventures, BAG Interiors and Eco Habitat Nigeria Limited with various bank accounts. The suspect also has properties at various locations across Sokoto State.

The pair is said to have illegally transferred money from the Education Ministry to fund some of their crimes.

After listening to the arguments of both counsel, Justice Rilwan Aikawa granted bail to the accused persons in the sum of N10 million each and one surety in like sum.

The accused persons are to deposit their international passports with court and to report to the EFCC every first Monday of a new month until the end of trial.

Aikawa adjourned the case to May 20.

- CAJ News

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