The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned Buhari Fannami and Ba-Kura Abdullahi for allegedly giving false information to the agency under the whistle blowing policy. The two men were arraigned before Justice M. T Salihu of the Federal High Court Maiduguri, Borno State.
Fannami allegedly misled the EFCC to act under the impression that illegally acquired monies were purportedly buried at the residence of one Ba’a Lawan. The agency, in a release by Wilson Uwujaren, its spokesman, said it later discovered after executing a search warrant on the residence that the information was false.
The charge reads, “That you, Buhari Fannami on or about the 8th day of May, 2017 at Maiduguri, Borno State, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did make statement to Officers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission under the Whistle Blowing policy to the effect that large sums of money being the proceeds of crime were buried in the residence Ba’a Lawan at Pompomari Layout along Pompomari Bypass, Maiduguri which information/statement you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under sections 39 (2) (a) and 39 (2) (b) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act 2004 respectively”.
The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges, but were remanded in prison custody while Justice Salihu adjourned the matter to June 7 and 8, 2017.