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EFCC Drags Ex-Plateau Law Maker To Court Over N7.3m Constituency Project Scam

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SAN FRANCISCO, January 31, (THEWILL) - The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) Thursday, arraigned a former member of the Plateau State House of Assembly representing Pengana Constituency, Michael Jibrin Apese, his brother, Akatin Jibrin and their company, Pharmaceutical Stores and Super Market Nigeria Limited before Justice Yakubu G.Dakwak of Plateau State High Court on a four-count charge of conspiracy and criminal breach of trust to the tune of Seven Million, Three Hundred and Thirty Four Thousand, Eight Hundred and Twenty Eight Naira.

Having pleaded not guilty to the charge when read to them, prosecution counsel, Ndifon Takon Neji urged the court to fix a date for commencement of trial. He stated that EFCC was ready to prosecute the case but prayed that the accused persons be remanded in prison custody.

But defence counsel, Moses Dalhatu told the court he had filed a bail application for the accused persons supported by a 27 (Twenty-Seven) paragraph affidavit to which the prosecution had replied.

The judge after listening to the argument of both parties, granted the accused persons bail in the sum of N500, 000 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira) each and one surety in like sum. The surety must be an owner of a landed property with Certificate of Occupancy in Jos metropolis.

One of the Charge reads; “ That you, Hon.(Dr)Michael Jubril Apese, Akatin Jibrin and Pharmaceutical Stores and Super Market Nigeria Limited, between June and August 2008 in Jos within the Jurisdiction of the High Court of Plateau State, being entrusted with dominion over certain property, to wit: the sum of N7,334,828 ( Seven Million, Three Hundred and Thirty Four Thousand, Eight Hundred and Twenty Eight Naira) meant for Constituency Project, committed Criminal breach of trust which the sum was dishonestly converted to your own use in violation of the law thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 315 of the Penal Code Law of Plateau state”.

The case has been adjourned to March 15, 2013 for hearing.