Soni Daniel, Abuja 

The Maiduguri Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission  on Thursday arraigned two fake aides of former First Lady, Patience Jonathan : Goni Muhammad and Seidu Seriki  Haman  before Justice  Kumaliya of the Borno State High Court, sitting in Maiduguri.

They were arraigned on  two- count charges  bordering on  conspiracy and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N26.4 million, which the defendants allegedly conspired  and obtained the under the guise of selling  two grams  of gold belonging to a former First Lady,   Patience Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to a buyer.

Count two of the charge reads: “That you, Goni Mohammad and Seidu Seriki  Hamman sometimes in January, 2020 at Maiduguri, Borno State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud, did obtain 2 grams of gold at the rate of N26.4 million allegedly belonging to the wife of the former President Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan under the false pretence which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.”

The defendants however pleaded ‘not guilty’ when the two counts were read to them.

Justice Kumaliya thereafter adjourned the matter to  May,  25 & 26, 2022 for hearing and ordered for the remand of the defendants in a Correctional Centre.

 In the same vein,  the Maiduguri Zonal Command on Thursday, re-arraigned  Mamman Alhaji Jalomi before Justice Musa Mustapha of Borno State High Court, Maiduguri, on one count charge bordering on  criminal misappropriation to the tune of N693, 000.

The defendant allegedly fraudulently sold 33 bags of beans belonging to one Babagana Abdullahi and diverted the monies to his own personal use. 

The one count amended charge read: “That you Mamman Alhaji Jalomi sometimes in the year 2020 or thereabouts, in Maiduguri Borno State within the Jurisdiction of this Honorable Court dishonestly converted to your own use the sum of  N693,000 being proceeds from the sales of 33 bags of beans at N21,000 each belonging to one Babangida Abdullahi and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Sections 308 and 309 of Penal Code Law Cap 102, Laws of Borno State respectively.”

The defendant pleaded ‘ not guilty’ to the charge preferred against him by the EFCC, prompting prosecution counsel,  Mukhtar Ali Ahmed to  pray for a trial date.

Justice Musa Mustapha adjourned the matter to  June 9,  2022 for trial and ordered  the remand of the defendant at the Maiduguri Medium Security Custodial Centre.

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