The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has re-arraigned Garba Tahir and Charbo Bureau De Change Limited before Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court Abuja, on a 23-count of fraud amounting to N514.9 million, allegedly obtained from the Pension Account, Office of the Head of Service of the Federation of Nigeria.
The suspect was alleged to have obtained on July 13,2009, by false pretences, N3,820,800 through his Ecobank account from the Federal Government through the Pension Account held by the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation of Nigeria.
This charge said the offence is 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 same Act, 2006.
A statement by the Head, Media & Publicity, EFCC, Wilson Uwujaren on Wednesday in Abuja, said the accused pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The prosecution counsel, Godwin Obla, SAN told the court that he was ready for trial, but asked for a short adjournment to enable him regularize processes as a result of the amendment and the new practice directive.
The defence counsel, Nicholas Eku, on the other hand asked the court for 21 days to enable him study the new proof of evidence and the amended charge.
He, however, prayed the court to allow the accused to continue to enjoy the bail earlier granted to him by the court.
Justice Kolawole adjourned the case to April 9, May 7 and 8, 2014 for commencement of trial while the accused is to enjoy the terms of the bail earlier granted him by the court.