The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Thursday arraigned a man, Modu Kotoko, before the Maiduguri High Court for alleged fraud of N20m.
The defendant allegedly collected the sum from one Abubakar Girgiri on the pretext of financing the purchase of cars on sale by auction.
Kotoko was arraigned before Justice Aisha Kumaliya of the Borno State High Court, Maiduguri, on one count of obtaining money by false pretences.
According to the EFCC, the victim had transferred the money before he discovered that the auction was a hoax.
The charge against the defendant read, “That you, Modu Ali Kotoko, sometime in December 2019, in Maiduguri, Borno State, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N20,000,000 from Mohammed Abubakar Girgiri, which you falsely claimed the money was to finance the auction of cars, a claim you knew to be false, thereby committing an offence contrary to Section 1(1) (b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.”
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against him.
The prosecution counsel, Fatsuma Mohammed, asked the court to remand the defendant pending the determination of the case.
However, counsel for the defendant, Abdulwasiu Alfa, pleaded with the court for a short date to file a bail application.
Justice Kumaliya subsequently adjourned the matter till February 3 and 9, 2021, for commencement of trial.