The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on March 14, 2021 arraigned one Hayatu Abdullahi before Justice Hafsat Yahaya Sani of Kano State High Court on one count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust.
The defendant, sometime in 2019, offered to sell a four bedroom duplex located at Hotoro, Off Eastern Bypass, to one Aminu Ahmed for Fourteen Million Naira (N14, 000,000). He was paid an initial sum of Eight Million Four Hundred Thousand Naira (N8, 400,000) in instalments. On the day Ahmed was supposed to pay the balance of Six Million Naira (N6, 000,000), he requested for the title document which the defendant could not provide. Consequently, he requested for the refund of his money but the defendant was only able to pay Three Million Naira (N3, 000,000). All efforts to get the balance proved futile.
The charge reads, ”That you, Hayatu Abdullahi sometimes between October and November, 2019 in Kano, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court dishonestly misappropriated the sum of N8, 400,000.00 (Eight Million, Four Hundred Thousand Naira) entrusted to you by one Alhaji Aminu Ahmed as part payment for four bedroom duplex located at Hotoro Off Eastern Bypass, Behind Chula Filling Station Kano and you committed an offence contrary to Section 311 of the Penal
Code and punishable under Section 312 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 312 of the Penal Code”.
The defendant pleaded ’’not guilty” to the charge.
In view of his plea, prosecution counsel Sadiq Husseini asked the court for a date for trial and that the defendant be remanded with the Nigerian Correctional Service.
However, the defence counsel K.A Sadiq urged the Court to admit his client to bail.
Justice Sani adjourned the case till April 22, 2021 for ruling on the bail application and commencement of trial.