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EFCC Arraigns Man for N5m Contract Scam in Zaria

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, today, September 21, 2021 arraigned one Dogara Liman before Justice Rabi Salisu Oladoja of the Kaduna State High Court sitting Zaria on a one count charge bordering obtaining by false pretence.

 Dogara was arrested by the Commission following a petition by an acquaintance who alleged that, sometime in 2014, the defendant tricked him into paying him (defendant) N5m in project financing support towards the execution of a purported contract awarded to him by NEMA, Abuja with the understanding that he will be entitled to N 1,500, 000 as return on investment.

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He later discovered that the defendant diverted the money to personal use.

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The charge reads: “That you, Alhaji Dogara Liman “m” sometime in March, 2014 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court whilst entrusted with the sum of N 5,000,000.00 (Five Million Naira) only, property of Alhaji Dalhata Hashimu to finance a contract which you claimed was awarded to you by National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), dishonestly misappropriated same and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 308 of the Penal Code Law (Cap. 110), Laws of Kaduna State, 1991 and punishable under Section 309 of the same Law.

He however pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the charge. Consequently, prosecution counsel, Precious C. Onyeneho urged the court to fix a date for hearing, but the defence counsel, A.B Raji asked the court to admit his client to bail.

The Judge granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum who shall reside within the jurisdiction of the court and provide evidence of means of livelihood.

The case has been adjourned till November 3, 2021 for trail.

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