*One count charge against information givers
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday, 16th May, 2017 arraigned the duo of Buhari Fannami and Ba-Kura Abdullahi on two separate one-count charge before Justice M. T. Salihu of the Federal High Court Maiduguri, for allegedly giving false information to the agency under the whistle blowers policy.
Fannami had misled the EFCC with the information about illegally acquired monies purportedly buried at the residence of one Ba’a Lawan but the information turned out to be false after the execution of a search warrant.
The charge reads: “That you, Buhari Fannami on or about the 8th day of May, 2017 at Maiduguri, Borno State, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did make statement to Officers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission under the Whistle Blowing policy to the effect that large sums of money being the proceeds of crime were buried in the residence Ba’a Lawan at Pompomari Layout along Pompomari Bypass, Maiduguri which information/statement you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under sections 39 (2) (a) and 39 (2) (b) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act 2004 respectively”.
The accused person pleaded not guilty to the charge. Counsel to the prosecution Alkassim Ja’afar asked for a trial date and prayed the court to remand the accused person in the prison custody pending trial.
Justice Salihu adjourned the matter to 7th and 8th June, 2017 for hearing and ordered the accused to be remanded in the prison custody.
On his part, Ba-Kura Abdullahi also gave false information to the effect that large sum of money in Naira and foreign currencies were buried in the residence of Ba’a Lawan.
Justice Salihu adjourned the case for commencement of trial.