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Anti-graft agency charges civil servant to court for false information

Posted by on September 13, 2022 0

The Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned a 43-year-old Kwara State civil servant, Lambe Binta, before Justice Muhammed Sani of the Federal High Court sitting in Ilorin for giving false information.

Binta was arraigned on a count charge bordering on internet fraud and possession of fraudulent funds.

Specifically, she allegedly received the sum of N25,000 from one Faloye Oluwadamilola Victor, who was arrested by the EFCC, for offences bordering on internet fraud and possession of fraudulent funds.

The charge against her read; “That you, Lambe Binta, sometime on 12th May 2022, at Ilorin, Kwara State, within the judicial division of the Federal High Court did make false information to Olanrewaju Lamidi; an officer of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in the course of the exercise of the duties of his office, a declaration on the EFCC Criminal Form 25 (Recognizance) that you did not receive or pay anything for the bail of Faloye Oluwadamilola Victor either for yourself or on behalf of any other person which to your knowledge is untrue in any material particular and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 39 (2) (a) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act 2004 and punishable under Section 39 (2) (b) of the same Act”.

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge, according to a statement by the Head of Media and Publicity, of the agency, Wilson Uwujaren, in Ilorin on Tuesday.

Following her plea, Counsel to the EFCC, Andrew Akoja, prayed the court to fix a date for trial to enable the prosecution to prove its case.

However, counsel to the defendant, Abiola Usman through an oral application, asked the court to admit his client to bail pending trial.

Justice Sani granted the defendant bail in the sum of N500,000, with one surety in like sum.

“The surety must be a civil servant and must deposit a photocopy of his identity card with the court,” the judge added.

Thereafter, the judge adjourned the case to November 3, 2022, for the commencement of trial.

Anti-graft agency charges civil servant to court for false information

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