Daily Trust (Abuja)

29 January 2013

Nigeria: Dud Cheques - EFCC Arraigns Hon. Aliyu Gebi

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Tuesday, arraigned Hon. Aliyu Gebi of the Federal House of Representatives before Justice Abba Mohammed of the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja, on corruption charges.

A statement by the spokesman of the EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren, said Hon. Aliyu was docked on a thirteen (13) count charge bordering on issuance of Dud cheques to one Usman Mustapha to the tune of One Hundred and Twenty Five Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N125, 500, 000, 00).

Count one of the charges reads: "That you, Hon. Aliyu Gebi, being the owner and sole signatory of Craft Technology Ltd and Craft Technology Ltd on or about the 12/01/2012 at Abuja Judicial Division of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory did obtain credit by issuing a UBA Plc cheque No. 00091852 in the sum of N10,000.000.00 (Ten Million naira) only in favour of Musty Petroleum Ltd. which when presented within three months was dishonored on the ground that there was insufficient fund in the account and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 1 (b) (I) of the dishonored cheque ( offences) Act, 2004 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria.

"The accused person pleaded not guilty to all the charges," the statement added.

"The defense counsel then pleaded with the court to admit the accused person to bail as he was already on EFCC administrative bail. He further told the court that apart from the fact that the offence was bailable, the accused person presented himself to the Commission for interrogation. EFCC counsel did not oppose the bail application.

"Justice Abba Mohammed granted the accused person bail on self-recognition and ordered that he deposits his international passport with the EFCC and to report to the Commission whenever he is needed. The case was adjourned to February 19, 2013 for trial," the statement said.

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