By Ise-Oluwa Ige
ABUJAâ€”An Abuja based businessman, Alhaji Ibrahim Masari, has dragged former Zamfara State Governor, Sen. Ahmed Sani Yerima, the incumbent Deputy Governor, Alhaji Muntari Ahmed Anka, before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over alleged criminal breach of trust and cheating.
Also dragged before the anti-graft agency was the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Alhaji Bature Sambo and a member of the House of Representatives, Bello Mutawalle.
In the petition dated 23 January 2009, Masari, alleged that the trio conspired among themselves to defraud his company, Mubel Integrated Services Nigeria Limited, the sum of N215, 300,000.
The background of the case, according to Masari, was that sometimes in January 2006, he was awarded a contract by the Zamfara State government for the supply of 250 units of tractors at the cost of N1, 347, 500, 000.
â€˜Masari alleged that the company entered into an agreement with another company, Trust Global Services Limited to transfer the contract to it at the cost of N219 million, a deal that was approved by the state government.
â€œWe wrote the Zamfara State government a letter dated 28 JanuaryÂ 2006, wherein we requested a change of name of the award from Mubel Integrated Services Nigeria Limited to Trust Global Services Limitedâ€™â€™, he stated.
He alleged that the acceptance by the state government, was not granted freely as Mutawalle, Anka and Sambo demanded that the sum of N219 million due to Mubel Integrated from Trust Global must be paid to them from which they would pay Mubel Integrated the sum of N21.7 million â€œfor its troublesâ€™â€™.
â€œOur company reluctantly accepted this under duress induced condition in order to cover for all its expenses and time in pursuit of the said contract.
â€œBased on that, we paid over to the said public servants through Mutawalle the initial sum of N20 million provided by Trust Global.
â€œThereafter the change was effected and our company was paid to the sum of N3.7 million by Mutawalleâ€™â€™, he alleged.
Masari said the trio have refused to pay his company its share even though the balance has long been paid by Global Trust, adding that â€œon one occasion, Mutawalle informed me that the money had been shared and that the part payment of N100 million was converted by Sen. Ahmed Yerima.