The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Friday, 4th September, 2015 arraigned Salisu Adamu, Muhammed Hamma and Muhammed Tukur before Justice M. B. Goje of the Adamawa State High Court, Yola on a two-count charge bordering on conspiracy, currency counterfeiting and obtaining by false pretence.
The accused persons are alleged to have defrauded Shuaibu Usman to the tune of N8 million having promised to help him covert the said amount to dollars. They had posed as bureau de change operators. But instead of fulfilling their part of the deal, they gave Usman fake dollars notes, even after collecting the money from him.
Usman had petitioned the EFCC after all efforts to get his money back from the fraudsters proved abortive. The syndicates were picked up in Mayo Belwa village in Adamawa State by the EFCC as they attempted to collect additional N2 million from him, on July 22, 2015.
Incriminating materials found on them include, fake dollar and naira notes, charms and two vehicles – Peugeot 406 and Honda Accord cars.
One of the counts read: “That you Salisu Adamu, Muhammed Hamma and Muhammed Tukur sometime in July 2015 in Jambutu Yola South Local Government Area of Adamawa State within the jurisdiction of this honorable Court did fraudulently obtain monies the sum of (N8,000.000.00) eight million naira from one Shuaibu Usman under the false pretence that the said amount be exchanged with US dollar notes which you never did.”
The accused persons pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them.
In view of the plea of the accused persons, the prosecuting counsel, S. M Aliyu, asked for a trial date, which was not opposed by the defence counsel, A. M. Galaya.
While adjourning the case till September 11, 2015 for hearing of their bail application, Justice Goje ordered that they be remanded in prison custody.