A former chairman of Demsa Local Government Council of Adamawa State, Felix Tangwami, was on Wednesday arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, before a State High Court in Yola, over alleged abuse of office and financial fraud while in office amounting to N981 million.
Tangwami was arraigned before Justice Helen Hamman-Joda on a five-count charge, bordering on official corruption and obtaining the nearly one billion naira by false pretence.
He pleaded not guilty to all the charges preferred against him by the anti-graft agency.
According to the EFCC, the accused abused his office by awarding many contracts to companies in which he had substantial interests.
Tangwami is also alleged to have failed to execute the contracts according to the terms of the contract awards.
Specifically, EFCC accused the ex-LG Boss of awarding contracts for the supply of cerebro-spinal meningitis vaccines to Binam Integrated Services Ltd and supply of VVF Oral Vaccines for Immunization against typhoid to Nchaloro Nigeria Ltd, in both of which he had interests,and failed to deliver according to the contract terms.
He is alleged to have also supplied 500 units of motorcycles to Bange Integrated service Ltd in breach and abuse of office.
The accused also allegedly awarded contracts for the building of a school for technical skill acquisition in Numan in favour of Bange Company Ltd, as well as the supply of anti-snake venom in favour of Tafari Nigeria Ltd.
Following his not guilty plea, the prosecuting counsel, Mr Chris Mshelia, prayed the the court to fix a date for the trial of the accused to commence.
Mr Sule Abdul, Tangwami’s counsel, however, informed the court that he had filed an application for the bail of his client, which was pending before the court and prayed the court to admit him to bail.
Abdul submitted that the offences for which Tangwami was accused of were bailable under the law.
Delivering ruling on the bail application, Justice Hamman-Joda admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N500 million with one surety in like sum.
The Judge ordered that the surety must be a family man, who must own a landed property valued at not less than N100 million and must reside within the jurisdiction of the court.
She adjourned the case to February 22.