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Mama Boko Haram Face Trial Before The Third Judge

Borno state high court, has arrested Aisha Wakil, popularly known as Mama Boko Haram, and two others, on the eight charges of fraud, after they were arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, on thursday, in Borno State.

Before Justice Umaru Fadawu of the Borno State High Court, Maiduguri, are the two people arraigned with her, which are senior member of her non governmental organisation, the Complete Care and Aid Foundation, Alhaji Saidu Daura and Prince Lawal Shoyode on a four-count charge bordering on fraud.

Sometimes, early this year Mama Boko Haram, Daura, Shoyode and Mallam Adamu Sani, now at large were arraigned for a N42m fraud, before Justice Jude Dagat of a Federal High Court, Maiduguri, while Wakil and Daura are facing corruption charges involving a N66m fraud before Justice Aisha Kumaliya of a Borno State High Court.

In today’s trial, The first two-count charge read:

“That you, Aisha Alkali Wakil, Tahiru Alhaji Saidu Daura and Prince Lawal Shoyode, whilst being the Chief Executive Officer, Programme Manager and Country Director respectively of Complete Care and Aid Foundation, (a Non-Governmental Organisation) and Saidu Mukhtar (at large) sometime in Maiduguri, Borno State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did with intent to defraud obtained the sum of Twenty Five Million Naira (N25,000,000.00) from one Adam Mustapha Mohammed, the Chief Executive Officer of Kauram Global Enterprises under the false pretence of executing a purported contract for the supply of Seven (7) X-ray machines Model 1600 with Solar Energy Brand, which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section (1) 1 (b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.”

They were also arraigned on another separate two-count charge involving an alleged N40million fraud, which counts were read:

“That you, Aisha Alkali Wakil, Tahiru Alhaji Saidu Daura and Prince Lawal Shoyade whilst being the Chief Executive Officer, Programme Manager and Country Director respectively of Complete Care and Aid Foundation, (a Non-Governmental Organisation) and Saidu Mukhtar (At large) sometime in Maiduguri, Borno State within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did with intent to defraud obtained the sum of Twenty Forty Million Naira (N40,000,000.00) from one Bashir Abubakar, the Chief Executive Officer of Duty Free Shop Ltd under the false pretence of executing a purported contract for the supply of Five (5) X-ray Machines 1900 with Solar Energy which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section (1) 1 (b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.”

While Wakil pleaded “not guilty” to all the charges, the second and third defendants refused to take their pleas.

Justice Fadawu, however, entered a “not guilty” plea for the two defendants.

In view of the pleas, counsel for the EFCC, Fatsuma Muhammad asked for a trial date in order for the prosecution to prove its case against them.

Muhammad said:

“We pray the court to remand the defendants in the Nigerian Correctional Service pending the determination of the case.”

Justice Fadawu, thereafter, adjourned until March 12 and 16, 2020 for the commencement of trial and ordered that they should be remanded in the Borno State, Nigeria Correctional Service.

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