EFCC Arraigns FIRS Officials Over Misappropriation of N4.6 Billion

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has re-arraigned former Coordinating Director of Federal Inland Revenue Service, FIRS, Peter Hena, and eight others over an alleged four billion naira fraud at the Federal High Court, Abuja.

The others are Mohammed Auta, Director of Finance, Amina Sidi, Finance and Account Department, Umar Aliyu Aduka, Internal Audit, Mbura Mustapha, Deputy Manager, Obi Malachy, Services Group, Obaje Adofu, Head of Budget, Udo-Inyang Alfred, Officer II and Benjamin Jiya, Assistant Director.

Their re-arraignment was sequel to the transfer of the former trial judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu.

The defendants were docked on a 42- count charge bordering on corruption, fraud and misappropriation of funds to the tune of N4,558,160,676.9 (Four Billion, Five Hundred and Fifty-eight Million, One Hundred and Sixty Thousand, Six Hundred and Seventy Six Naira, Nine Kobo).

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They however pleaded ‘not guilty’ to all the count charges when it was read to them.

Subsequently, the new judge, Justice Toyin Adegoke permit the defendants to continue to enjoy the bail terms earlier offered them by Justice Ojukwu.

Justice Adegoke thereafter fixed September 28, 2021 for commencement of trial.

Justice Ojukwu had, upon their arraignment on Thursday, March 11, 2021, granted the defendants bail in the sum of N100 million each and sureties in like sum.

The sureties who must be Nigerian residing in Abuja with landed property within the jurisdiction of the court, are also to provide evidence of Tax Clearance.

She also ruled that the defendants are to deposit their travelling documents with the Court registrar and to seek the permission of the Court before travelling out of the country.

Wahab Akinlade

Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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