Judge Arraigned for Obtaining N58m under False Pretence

An area Judge in Adamawa State, Justice Suleiman Elkana who had all along presided over cases of all kinds has now become the accused.
This followed his arriagnment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on a three-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money through false pretence.
Justice Elkana is being accused of receiving N58.55 million fraudulently.
He was arraigned before Justice Balkisu Aliyu of the Federal High Court Yola, Adamawa State.
Solomon Public, secretary of Justice Multi-purpose Cooperative Society Ltd, Adamawa State, was also Arraigned along with him.
The complainant, Israel Nwagbo, of Coscharis motors, said he entered into a contract with the co-operative society for the supply of 1,846 units of TVC motorcycles for its members with payment to be made from monthly deductions from the members.
He said the accused persons diverted the amount for their personal use.
One charge says that the Judge, Solomon Phillip, and Amina Musa (now deceased), in September, 2010, obtained by false pretence 446 units of TVC motorcycles valued at N57. 98 million from Coscharis motors limited.
The two accused persons pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to them.
The prosecution counsel, Israel Akande, asked for a trial date while the defense counsel, Desmond Adebole, moved an application for bail of the accused persons.
Justice Aliyu granted bail to the accused persons at N5 million each. Each accused is to also provide a reliable surety each who must live within the jurisdiction.
The mater was adjourned to 26, 27 and 28 September for trial.

Author: News Editor

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