The Kaduna Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Wednesday, November 11, 2020, arraigned one Abubakar Mohammed Babangida alongside his company HAFSAMAB Technical Services Limited before Justice M. Tukur of the Kaduna State High Court, for fraud.
The defendants were arraigned on one-count charge of cheating to the tune of N15.561 million.
The charge read, “That you, Abubakar Muhammad Babangida and HAFSAMAB Technical Services Limited, sometime in November, 2016, at Kaduna within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, cheated one Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim and M.I.A and Sons Ltd by an act that caused them to deliver two trucks of AGO (Automotive Gas Oil, diesel) of 40,000 litres and 39,800 litres respectively, valued at N15.561 million with the belief that you would pay for the products once the cooperative housing development loan granted to you by the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria to build 100 units of two and three bedroom semi-detached bungalow in favour of Niger State Civil Servant Cooperative Union is disbursed to you. This is with the knowledge that you would likely cause wrongful loss to the said Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim and M.I.A and Sons Ltd and you thereby committed an offence, contrary to Section 323 of the Penal Code Law Cap 89 Laws of Kaduna State 1991.”
The defendants pleaded “not guilty” to the charge, upon which prosecution counsel, Ene Eimonye asked the court for a trial date, while defence counsel, Fayemi Stephen made a bail application for his clients.
Justice Tukur slated November 24, 2020 for hearing on the bail application and ordered that the first defendant be remanded in Nigerian Correctional Service, Kaduna.
He adjourned the case till February 17, 2021 for commencement of trial.
Abubakar, 41, being the alter ego of HAFSAMAB Technical Services Limited, sometime in November, 2016 caused the petitioner to supply two trucks of diesel, valued at a total cost of N15.561 million to the company and had so far resisted all efforts by his victim to make him pay for the deliveries