One Ibrahim Akut Baba, a care taker chairman of Kaura Local Government Area in Kaduna State, has been arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, at the State High Court, on a one count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence.
In a statement signed by Wilson Uwujaren, Head, Media & Publicity in Abuja, the petitioner, Alhaji Auwal Ibrahim of Rahusa Investment Limited, Sabon Hunkuyi, Kaduna State alleged that, sometime in 2011, the accused informed him that, he had secured for him a contract for the supply of gas at N200, 000.00 (two hundred thousand naira) per truck and that, he should advance him a total sum of N1, 000,000.00 (one million naira) for five trucks.
The victim stated that the said money was paid into the accused account which was domiciled in one of the new generation banks.
The statement contained that the deal turned sour when the accused failed to deliver on the initial agreement.
When the charge was read to Mr. Akut, he pleaded not guilty.
Counsel to EFCC, Mr. Musa Isah urged the court to fix a date for hearing adding that, he was ready with all the witnesses and evidences to prove the case against the accused.
Justice Tukur Muazu adjourned the case to February 4, 2016 for trial and ordered that the accused be remanded in prison custody.
However small, this will still serve as a relief to many Nigerians who have complained about the alleged selective manner in which the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has carried out its anti-corruption battle thus far.
It should be recalled that former Kaduna State Military Administrator, Jafar Isa was arrested by the EFCC, in connection with the infamous arms deal scandal involving the former National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki.