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Court remands Ex-Gov Aspirant in Prison Oover N12m Fraud


A former governorship aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Benue state, Joshua Mennaseh, has been docked over a N12million scam. 

Mennaseh, 45,   was arraigned by the EFCC at a Kano High Court  presided over by  Justice Abdullahi  Bello on a seven count charge bordering on conspiracy, criminal breach of trust and intent to defraud.  

A statement by EFCC's spokesman, Femi Babafemi said the  former governorship hopeful  had allegedly defrauded one Mr Boniface Agu of N12 Million  in a business deal sometime in 2007.

Mennasah, who, in the course of the arraignment pleaded not guilty to all the charges imputed to him, also described himself as a politician and businessman. He allegedly secured a contract for the supply of twenty thousand units of motor cycles worth two hundred and seventy million naira (N270million)  from Kano state Teachers Board. The accused approached Agu to part -finance the supply with an  agreement to refund him when he was paid. Althogh, there was no written document to show that the two entered into contractual obligations, there however witnesses to the gentlemen agreement.

Mennasah supplied the motor cycles and collected his money but did not refund the money he collected from Mr Agu  as verbally agreed and witnessed. He denied making the complainant part of the business but said he only provided fund for facilitation and accommodation. However, investigations revealed that he collected the sum from the complainant for initial purchase of some units of the motor cycle in order to secure a  bank guarantee bond for submission to Kano Teachers Board. Investigations also unearthed receipts issued in the name of the complainant for the purchase of some motor cycles. Furthermore, cheques issued to Mr Agu for payment of the money used for facilitation and accommodation according to Mennasah bounced.

The judge, after listening to all the charges and Mennasah's pleas on Tuesday July 6, adjourned the case till July 13, 2010 for ruling on application for bail while he ordered that the accused should be remanded in Kano prison.