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House of Assembly Member, LG Chairmen docked for N104m alleged fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Gombe Zonal Office has arraigned the trio of Jedua Ahmed Dawud, Oliver Wubon and Joseph Danladi John before Justice F. Agya of Taraba State High Court on a six-count charge bordering on conspiracy, criminal breach of trust and forgery.

The offences run contrary to Sections 96, 315 and 366 of the Penal Code of Taraba State and punishable under Section 315 of the same law.

The first defendant, Jedua Ahmed Dawud is currently a serving member of Taraba State House of Assembly, representing Sardauna Local Government Area of the state, while the second and third defendants, Oliver Wubon and Joseph Danladi John, are current Chairmen of Sardauna and Kurmi local government areas respectively.

They were alleged to have stolen from the coffers of Sardauna Local Government Area a total of N104.2 million being funds meant for capital projects, while the second and third defendant held the positions of Chairman and Director of Finance of the local government area respectively.

Count three of the charge read: “That you Jedua Ahmed Dawud (former Executive Chairman), and Joseph Danladi John ( the Director Finance) all of Sardauna Local Government Council in such capacities on or about the 4th October, 2012, in Sardauna Local Government Council of Taraba State within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, entrusted with dominion over certain property to wit,  monies, dishonestly committed criminal breach of trust in respect of N35, 200,000.00 ( Thirty Five Million, Two Hundred Thousand Naira) property of Sardauna Local Government Council, provided for capital projects, contrary to and punishable under Section 315 of the Penal Code Law.”

They all pleaded not guilty to the charges, upon which prosecution counsel, Abubakar Aliyu, applied for a trial date.

Justice Agya granted bail to the defendants in the sum of N2 million and one surety each.

The surety, the judge said, must either be a member of the Taraba State House of Assembly, Commissioner in State Executive Council or Permanent Secretary.

Each surety must swear to an affidavit of means of livelihood and deposit their two recent passport photographs.

He adjourned the case till July 29 and 30, 2020 for hearing.

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