2 charged to court in Maiduguri over N36.2m fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned Haruna Pama and Kadiri James, before a Federal High Court sitting in Maiduguri, Borno State.

The defendants were arraigned on two-count charges of money laundering and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N36.247million before Justice Tijjani Ringim.

They pleaded “not guilty” to the charges when they were read to them.

Thereafter, prosecution counsel, Faruk Muhammad prayed the court for a trial date and for them to be remanded in prison custody.

Justice Ringim remanded them in a prison custody and adjourned the matter till February 1, 2024 for trial.

The charge reads: “That you, Haruna Pama, Kadiri James and Peter Katuka, Freedom, Monday George, Abdulmajid Khamis, and David Potter (all now at large) sometimes in June 2022, at Maiduguri, Borno State, within the jurisdiction of this court, did conspire amongst yourselves to do illegal act, to wit: conspiracy to commit money laundering and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 21 of the Money Laundering ( Prevention and Prohibition) Act, 2022 (as amended) respectively.”

That you: “That you, Haruna Pama, Kadiri James and Peter Katuka, Freedom, Monday George, Abdulmajid Khamis and David Potter (all now at large) sometimes in June 2022, at Maiduguri, Borno State within the jurisdiction of this court, directly converted the aggregate sum of N 36.247million, which you ought to know that it formed part of proceeds of an unlawful act to wit: obtaining money under false pretence and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 18(2) (b) of the Money Laundering (Prevention and Prohibition) Act, 2022 and punishable under Section 18(3) of the same Act.”

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