EFCC arraigns ex-Bauchi accountant general for N108m scam

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned a former Accountant General of Bauchi State, Yusuf Ibrahim Gokaru, before a State High Court on charges bordering on obtaining money by false pretence.

Docked before Justice Muazu Abubakar, he was also arraigned for concealment of the source and origin of the money.

His troubles began in August 2019 when the Bauchi State Government, in a petition alleged that the convict abused his office by obtaining the N108.3m for personal use.

According to the EFCC, the money was diverted from the World Bank assistance to Bauchi State Government under the State Education Programme Investment Project, SEPIP.

It alleged that the defendant transferred the money from Bauchi State Consolidated Naira Account domiciled at Polaris Bank to a Unity Bank account.

The offence is contrary to Section 1 (1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.

The commission added that in the course of investigation, N31m was recovered from the defendant.

However, upon arraignment on March 13, 2020 he pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against him, setting the stage for trial.

The prosecution counsel, A.Y Muntaka in the course of trial presented witnesses and tendered documents which were admitted in evidence.

When the case come up today, April 7, the defendant changed his plea and pleaded “guilty” as charged.

Consequently, the judge pronounced him guilty and sentenced him to one year imprisonment with an option of fine.

Justice Abubakar also ordered the convict to pay N77m as restitution to Bauchi State Government within one year

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