Man, son face trial over N300m dud cheque
The duo of the Managing Director of Alhaji Musa Suleiman General Enterprise, Alhaji Musa Sulaiman, and his son, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Suleiman, are having a tough time convincing Justice Tukur M. Aliu of a Kaduna State High Court that they are not guilty following allegation that by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC that they issued dud cheque to the tune of N300 million to those who supplied goods to them.
The father and son are being prosecuted by the EFCC, Nigeria's anti-graft agency.
At the resumed hearing of the case on Friday, an operative of the EFCC, Buba Abubakar, the fifth prosecution witness to be called by the EFCC, told the court that the accused received consignment of groundnut oil and rice from Stallion Nigeria Limited (Kaduna Branch) to the tune of N300 million and issued cheques which were returned unpaid due to insufficient funds.
Abubakar, who was led in evidence by counsel to EFCC, Benjamin Manji, told the court that in the course of investigation, letters were sent to StanbicIBTC Bank and Ecobank to find out why the cheques were returned unpaid.
The witness further stated that Alhaji Musa Suleiman and his company who are first and third accused respectively, issued 25 StanbicIBTC cheques for the products supplied to them.
According to the witness, Ibrahim Musa Suleiman, the second accused issued six Ecobank cheques in the sum of N60 million which were also returned unpaid.
He further told the court that the first accused used different names on the cheques issued by him such as Musa Sambo Suleiman and Musa Suleiman.
Copies of the cheques, including the petition written to the commission, letter of investigation to StanbicIBTC and Ecobank were presented to the court and admitted as exhibits
Also testifying, the sixth prosecution witness, Abu Fari Yahaya, an operative of EFCC told the court that he met the accused persons in the course of investigating a petition against them.
According to Yahaya, 31 cheques totalling N300 million were issued by the accused persons.
A second prosecution witness, Onu Monday Isa who is the Marketing Manager of Stallion Nigeria Limited, Kaduna Branch and the third prosecution witness, Omowonuola Ife-Babalola, Head of Customer Support Service of StanbicIBTC, had on Thursday, 11 December told the court that Alhaji Suleiman issued over 20 cheques in the name of Popular Foods Limited, a subsidiary of Stallion Nigeria Limited, but that the cheques were all returned unpaid due to insufficient fund.
The case has been adjourned to February 19, 2015 for continuation of hearing