The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Maiduguri Zonal Office, on March 12, 2019 arraigned a woman Jallaba Bukar, before Justice Abdullahi Sanya of the Borno State High Court sitting in Maiduguri, on a three-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust to the tune of N21.9 million.
Investigations by the EFCC into three separate petitions against lady Bukar, revealed that sometime in 2017, the defendant on different occasions, fraudulently influenced one Mohammad Alhaji,
Hafsat Muhammad and Baana Modu who entrusted their monies under her in the guise of investing in a company called Swithgolden.
The petitioners alleged that the said sum was given to Bukar for the investment, but it was instead, converted to personal use and all efforts to recover the money from the accused lady proved abortive.
One of the counts reads: “That you, Jallaba Bukar, sometimes in July, 2018 at Maiduguri, Borno State within the jurisdiction of this Court while being entrusted with the sum of N8,420,000,000 being property of one Muhammad Alhaji which was given to you for a business transaction,
dishonestly converted same to your personal use and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under sections 311 and 312 of the Penal Law of Borno State (Cap. 102) Vol. 3 of 1994 respectively.”
Bukar pleaded “not guilty” to all the counts hanged on her neck by the prosecuting counsel, Haruna Abdulkadir, while dates for the court to commence trial was fixed at April 2, 3 and 4, 2019.
The accused was not allowed to go home but was driven straight to the Maiduguri prison to wait for trial date from the court where she was remanded in custody.