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EFCC docks whistle blowers over false information

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has, arraigned the duo of Buhari Fannami and Ba-Kura Abdullahi on two separate one count charge before a Federal High Court sitting in Maiduguri, Borno State for allegedly giving false information to the agency under the whistle blowing policy. Trial judge in the matter is Justice M. T Salihu.

Fannami had misled the EFCC with the information about illegally acquired money 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 May 8, 2017 at Maiduguri, Borno State, within the jurisdiction of this court, did make statement to Officers of the EFCC 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 EFCC (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 June 7 and 8, 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 his case to June 7 and 8, 2017 for commencement of trial and ordered the accused to be remanded in the prison custody

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