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EFCC charges BDC operator over N43 mln fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned a Bureau de Change operator, Bukar Mohammed before a Borno State High Court, Maiduguri on a one-count charge of obtaining by false pretence N43.33 million.

A statement by the EFCC on Tuesday said its Maiduguri Zonal Command arrainged the accused before Justice Aisha Kumaliya for allegedly converted the money entrusted in his custody for safe keeping to his own personal use.

The accused was said to have collected the money from one Ali Mohammed for safe keeping before he converted it to his own personal use.

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“That you, Bukar Mohammed sometime in 2018 at Maiduguri, Borno State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court fraudulently induced one Alhaji Ali Mohammed to deliver to you monies in Euros and Naira to the equivalent sum of Forty Three Million, Three Hundred and Twenty Eight Thousand Naira (N43, 328, 000.00) only, under the false pretence of collecting same for safe keeping which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 1(1)(b) and 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006,” the charge reads.

However, the defendant Mohammed pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the one count charge prefered against him.

Prosecution counsel, Fatsuma Muhammed asked the court to remand the defendant in prison custody and fix a date for trial to commence.

Justice Kumaliya adjourned the matter till September 14, 2021 for commencement of trial and ordered the defendant remanded in the correctional facility.

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