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Court convicts former chairman Gombe IRS, three others over N25.06m fraud

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC] has secured the conviction of Mr. Atiku Mu’azu Bayum, Mohammed Adi, Ibrahim Abubakar and Abubakar Usman on a two-count bordering on conspiracy and theft before Hon. Justice Beatrice Iliya of High Court 3, Gombe.

The convicts in their capacities as Chairman, Chief Store Officer, Chief Accountant and Director of the Gombe State Board of Internal Revenue conspired and stole the sum of #25. 06m, belonging to Gombe State Government.

Investigation revealed some documents includes several receipts attached to payment vouchers for which payments were released and converted to their personal use in the cause of their duties.

When the investigation was concluded, however, they were charged to State High Court Gombe and the matter was slated for arraignment today in order to take their plea.

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Count one of the charge read…

“That you Atiku Mu’azu Bayum, Mohammed Adi, Ibrahim Abubakar and Abubakar Usman sometimes between January 2014 and July 2015 at Gombe, Gombe State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did agree among yourselves to commit an illegal act to wit Criminal Conspiracy and thereby committed an offence contrary to and Punishable under Section 96 and 97 of the Penal Code Law, Laws of Northern Nigeria”.

Count two read

That you “Atiku Mu’azu Bayum, Mohammed Adi, Ibrahim Abubakar and Abubakar Usman sometimes between January and July 2015 at Gombe, Gombe State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent did dishonestly commit theft to wit: fraudulently convert the sum of Twenty Five Million, Sixty Thousand Naira ( N25, 060, 000.00) property of Gombe State Government and thereby committed an offence contrary to and Punishable under Section 286 and 287 of the Penal Code Law, Laws of Northern Nigeria.

They all pleaded guilty to both the charge read against them. In view of that development, the prosecution counsel O. Israel urged the court to convict them accordingly.

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The Defence counsel, L. A Haruna on his part pleaded on behalf of his clients to temper justice with mercy as the convict were first time offenders and didn’t waste the precious time of the court and pleaded guilty on the day of their arraignment and that they had made some restitution and intended to fully restitute the whole amount.

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In her judgement, Justice Beatrice pronounced them guilty and convicted them to pay fine of One Hundred Thousand Naira each following the allocutus by the defence counsel.

However, the trial Judge ordered the convicts to restitute the remaining amount to Gombe State Government within six months.

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Nigeria records 387 new COVID-19 cases, total now 9,302

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Nigeria’s coronavirus cases have increased to 9302.

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control made this disclosure on Friday night via Twitter.

387 new cases of #COVID19;

Lagos-254
FCT-29
Jigawa-24
Edo-22
Oyo-15
Rivers-14
Kaduna-11
Borno-6
Kano-3
Plateau-2
Yobe-2
Gombe-2
Bauchi-2
Ondo-1

9302 cases of #COVID19Nigeria
Discharged: 2697
Deaths: 261

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Buhari has only plunged Nigeria into darkness, death and destruction, Fani-Kayode says

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Buhari has only plunged Nigeria into darkness, death and destruction, Fani-Kayode says

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, a staunch critic of the President Buhari-led administration has said that the five years of President Muhammadu Buhari was “disastrous.”

Femi Fani-Kayode disagreed with Special Adviser to Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, whose weekly column argued the President’s emergence, saved the nation from collapse in 2015.

Fani-Kayode via his Twitter handle had argued that the emergence of Buhari in 2015 annihilated Nigeria and plunged her into darkness, death, and destruction.

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He added that the president came to steal, kill and destroy, pointing out that for the last 5 disastrous years that is all he has done.

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He wrote;

”Buhari’s emergence in 2015 saved Nigeria’s collapse”- @FemAdesina

. Not so my friend! The emergence of Buhari in 2015 annihilated Nigeria & plunged her into darkness, death & destruction. He came to steal, kill & destroy & for the last 5 disastrous years that is all he has done.”

 

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2ND term: Buhari to mark ‘low-key’ anniversary, Presidency reveals

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2ND Term: Buhari to mark ‘low-key’ anniversary, Presidency reveals

The Presidency has said that the first anniversary of the second term of President Muhammadu Buhari will be celebrated in a low-key manner.

This was disclosed in a statement posted by Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu on his official Facebook page.

Shehu, who did not give reasons for the decision, however, said the achievements of the current administration will be reeled out via digital platforms.

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He urged Nigerians to visit presidential handles to read about some of Buhari’s achievements since assuming power in 2015.

According to Shehu: “The First Anniversary anniversary of the Muhammadu Buhari government’s second term will be marked low-keyed.

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“Narratives of the government’s achievements over the past five years which normally would have been showcased by ministers and the party will go digital.

“The last five years have been full of historic achievements. Please go to the Presidential handles and read how the decades-long wishes of the Nigerian people are being met.

“‪Thank you Nigerians for entrusting the country’s government in the hands of President Muhammadu Buhari.‬”

Buhari’s Senior Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina had yesterday reeled out some of the president’s achievements since assuming power in 2015.

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