Clearing Agent In Troubled Waters For N6.8m Fraud
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 arraigned one Hayatu Hamisu Jibiya before Justice Faruk Lawal of State High Court Kano on one count charge for Criminal Beach of Trust.
The accused allegedly in April 2011 defrauded the petitioner, Bashir Idris Abdullahi after he sought for his service to clear nine containers of goods worth N 10,800,000.00 (Ten Million, Eight Hundred Thousand Naira only) from Cotonou, Benin Republic.
Out of the ten containers, only four were allegedly delivered by the accused and efforts made by the complainant to either get the remaining five containers or have his money funded, were futile.
The charge reads, “That you Hayatu Hamisu Jibiya sometime between October, 2011 and April 2012 at Kano within the Kano Judicial Division of the High Court of Kano State, while been entrusted with dominion over money the sum of 10,800,000.00 (Ten Million, Eight Hundred Thousand Naira only) belonging to Bashir Idris Abdullahi for the purpose of clearing his nine containers at Cotonou, Benin Republic committed Criminal Breach of Trust by fraudulently misappropriating the sum of N6,800,000.00 ( Six Million Eight Hundred Thousand Naira only), purporting same to have been used in clearing the containers in violation of the mode in which such trust is to be discharged and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 311 and punishable under section 312 of the Penal Code Law”.
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge. Justice Lawal ordered the accused who is already on a court bail to continue on the terms of the previous bail he is enjoying pending the commencement of trial.
The case is adjourned to 3rd March, 2016.