The Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, EFCC, Gombe zonal workplace, at this time arraigned Lucious Mayo, Elisie Yaduwa, Elisha Yahaya and Rhoda Samson earlier than Justice Nathan Musa of an Adamawa State Excessive Courtroom, on a nine-count cost bordering on “conspiracy, acquiring cash by false pretence, diversion, inflation of contract worth, forgery and refusal to make full disclosure of belongings” to the EFCC.
A press release from the antigraft company says Mayo is alleged to have, as Govt Secretary of the state’s Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, connived with Yaduwa, the Director of Finance and Account; Yahaya, Accountant, and Samson, cashier, to divert to private use, about N132 million out of N347, 848,220 (Three Hundred and Forty Seven Million, Eight Hundred and Eighty 4 Thousand Two Hundred and Twenty Naira) solely launched in 2016 by the Adamawa State authorities to cater for the pilgrimage train of Christians from the state.
They’re additionally alleged to have collected and diverted about N2.54 million from 4 “self-sponsored” pilgrims, who paid the cash into the Board’s account.
Additional investigations additionally revealed that in 2016, Mayo bought registration kinds to 1,569 intending pilgrims at N10, 000 every, amounting to N15, 690, 000 million. (Fifteen Million, Six Hundred and Ninety Thousand Naira) solely. This was despite the truth that many pilgrims have been sponsored by the Adamawa State Authorities. The cash was additionally by no means remitted neither to the Board’s account, nor the state’s Income Board account.
It was additionally revealed that the Head of Medicals obtained the sum of N3, 5000, 000 (Three Million, 5 Hundred Thousand Naira) just for medicine procurement, however was expressly instructed to return N1, 5000, 000 (One Million 5 Hundred Thousand Naira) solely to the Director of Finance, with out being given treasury receipt. A fictitious fee voucher for N3, 500, 000 was later raised by the accountant to cowl up the fraudulent diversion.
One other N26.34 million was obtained by the primary defendant from the intending pilgrims underneath the false pretence that the cash was for use for upgrading their Fundamental Travelling Allowance, BTA from minimal seat of $500 to most seat of $750 every, however as a substitute, diverted to his private use.
Investigation additionally reveals that the Board issued a contract for the provision of wrappers (uniforms) at N2, 500 to every pilgrim. However Mayo inflated the worth by N1, 000 every, producing N1 million and diverted identical to his private use.
One of many counts reads: “That you just, DR. LUCIOUS JINGA MAYO in your capability as Govt Secretary, Christian Pilgrim Welfare Board, Adamawa State, generally between August and December 2016, or thereabout at Yola, Adamawa State inside the Jurisdiction Of this Honourable Courtroom, with intent to defraud, did receive monies within the sum of Eighty 4 Million, 9 Hundred and Forty Eight Thousand, Six Hundred Naira (N84,948,600) from the Authorities of Adamawa State underneath the false pretence that, the cash be used for the bills of Native Authorities sponsored Christians Pilgrims for the 2016 Pilgrimage which sum you diverted on your personal use, thereby dedicated an offence opposite to the supply of Part 1 (1) (a) of the Advance Payment Fraud and different Fraud Associated Offences Act, LFN and Punishable underneath Part 1 (three) of the identical Act”.
They pleaded “not responsible” to the fees once they have been learn to them.
Prosecuting counsel, A.Y. Muntaka, thereafter requested for a date for graduation of trial.
Defence counsel for the defendants, nevertheless, moved their bail purposes.
Justice Musa granted bail to the primary defendant within the sum of N100 million and one surety in like sum, with landed property inside the jurisdiction of the Courtroom or a Everlasting Secretary within the Civil Service. The second, third and fourth defendants have been granted bail within the sum of N50 million and one surety every in like sum. The surety who should be a director within the Civil Service, should have landed property.
The case has been adjourned to February 6 and seven, 2019 for “particular listening to”.