The governorship candidate of Green Party of Nigeria (GPN) in Kano, Abdulsalam Saleh Abdulkareem, has been arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over an alleged $1.3 million fraud.
Abdulkareem and his co-accused, Ebere Nzekwe, were arraigned before justice Lewis Allagoa of the federal high court, Kano, on a nine-count charge of criminal conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretence.
According to the petitioner, Jamman Al-Azmi, the defendants “fraudulently” obtained $1.3 million from him after assuring him that it would be used for a business investment. Both defendants pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them.
One of the counts read: “That you Abdulkareem Saleh Abdulsalam, Ebere Nzechukwu (aka General Aria), Michael Edosa (at large), sometime in August 2014, at Kano within the Kano Judicial Division of the High Court, with intent to defraud, conspired to obtain the total sum of one million, three hundred and twenty thousand dollars ($1,320,000.00) from Dr. Jamman Al-Azmi when you represented that you have the capacity to partner with him for joint venture business, which representation you knew to be false, thereby committing an offence contrary to Section 1(1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006, and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.”
The defence counsels, KM Liman and Chris Asekome, asked the judge to grant the defendants bail as “they have already been enjoying an administrative bail given by EFCC”.
Johnson Ojogbane, prosecuting counsel, did not oppose the bail application but stated that “if his lordship is inclined to grant their bail, he should do so with the knowledge that the first accused person jumped bail and did not show up the last time the matter was fixed which made it to be adjourned for today”.
Justice Allagoa granted the accused persons bail in the sum of N100 million and one surety in like sum and thereafter n adjourned the case to January 2019.