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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Monday arraigned Abdulsalam Abdulkareem, the Kano State governorship candidate of the Green Party of Nigeria, and one Ebere Nzekwe, before Justice Lewis Allagoa of the Federal High Court, Kano.

The EFCC said in a statement by its acting spokesman, Tony Orilade, that the defendants were arraigned on nine charges bordering on obtaining money to the tune of $1,320,000 (N475m) by false pretences.

A petitioner had alleged that sometimes in 2014, the defendants conspired to fraudulently obtain the said sum from him for business.

Abdulsalam also allegedly met with his Personal Assistant, one Muhannat, in the Republic of Kuwait for the said deal.

The meeting led to his (Abdulsalam’s) invitation to Nigeria via a company, Seit Nigeria Limited. It was during this meeting that the total sum of $1.5m was displayed to him as the sum belonging to the alleged partner in the acclaimed investment.

One of the counts reads: ‘’That you Abdulkareem Saleh Abdulsalam, Ebere Nzechukwu (aka General Aria), Michael Edosa (at large), sometime in August 2014, in Kano, within the Kano Judicial Division of the High Court, with intent to defraud, conspired to obtain the total sum $1,320,000 from Dr Jamman Al-Azmi when you represented that you have the capacity to partner him for joint venture business, which representation you knew to be false, thereby committing an offence contrary to Section 1(1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006, and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.’’

Both defendants pleaded “not guilty.”


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