A Bureau De Change operator in Maiduguri, Borno State, Bukar Mohammed, has been arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission before the Justice Aisha Kumaliya’s High Court on one count of obtaining by false pretences.
The defendant allegedly converted to personal use the sum of N43.3m entrusted in his care for safe keeping.
The charge read, “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 money in Euros and Naira to the equivalent N43,328,000 only, under the false pretences of collecting same for safe keeping, which you knew to be false, thereby committing 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.”
He pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The prosecution counsel, Fatsuma Muhammed, asked the court to remand the defendant in prison and fix a date for trial.
Justice Kumaliya adjourned the matter till September 14, 2021 for commencement of trial and ordered the defendant remanded in a custodial centre.