The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, on Wednesday re-arraigned Mohammed Ahmed Katun, a former staff of Pension Account, Office of the Head of Service of the Federation before Justice A. R Mohammed of Federal High Court, Abuja .
Katun was re-arraigned on a 3- count amended charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence and diverting pension funds to tune of N62.3 million.
Katun was first arraigned alongside nine others. But the charge was withdrawn as the Commission filed separate charge against the accused persons.
One of the charge reads: “That you, Mohammed Ahmed Katun, on or about the 30th of December, 2010, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, obtained for yourself by false pretences and with intent to defraud through an FCMB PLC account, the sum of N29,702,859.60 ( Twenty Nine Million, Seven Hundred and Two Thousand, Eight Hundred and Fifty Nine Naira, Sixty Kobo) from the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Pension Account held by the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation of Nigeria, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1 (1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences, 2006.”
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him.
Upon his plea, counsel to EFCC, Godwin Obla, SAN urged the court to fix a date for the commencement trial.
However, the defence counsel, Mohammed Ndayako urged the court to allow his client continue on the bail earlier granted him by the court.
Justice Mohammed adjourned the case to June 3 and 4, 2014 for the commencement of trial and also offered the accused bail on terms earlier granted by court.