The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has re-arraigned one Alhaji Yushau Mohammed Ahmed before Justice Z.B. Abubakar of the Federal High Court sitting in Kaduna, Kaduna State on a one-count charge bordering on failure to make full disclosure of all his assets in his asset declaration form.
The defendant was first arraigned on December 3, 2020, and granted bail on January 18, 2021, but was re-arraigned on Wednesday following the transfer of the former trial judge, Justice M. P. Hommuk.
Yushau’s problem began when a retired general petitioned the Commission, alleging that he defrauded him in an investment scheme.
In the course of investigation, Yushau was invited to the Kaduna Zonal office of the EFCC and given an asset declaration form to fill. He failed to make full disclosure of one of his houses at Plot 116 Cadastral Zone B05, Utako District, Abuja, measuring about 500sqm in his declaration form contrary to section 27(3) (a) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act, 2004 and punishable under section 27 (3) of the same Act.
Investigation into the declaration of assets form completed by the defendant on 1st of July, 2019, at the EFCC Kaduna Zonal Office, led to the tracing and attachment of a landed property which the defendant failed to declare, and suspected to be proceeds of crime.
The one-count charge read: “That you Yushau Mohammed Ahmed (male) on or about the 1st day of July, 2019, at Kaduna, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, knowingly failed to make full disclosure of all your assets and properties to wit: Plot 116 Cadastral Zone B05, Utako District, Abuja measuring about 500sqm within Cadastral Zone B05, Utako District, Abuja, when you completed the Declaration of Assets Form contrary to Section 27 (3) (a) of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act, 2004 and punishable under section 27 (3) of the same Act.
He, however, pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the charge when it was read to him.
In view of his plea, the prosecuting counsel, M.E. Eimonye, urged the court to fix a date for trial, while counsel to the defendant, A. Habeeb applied for his client to continue with the bail earlier granted by the former judge.
Justice Abubakar granted bail to the defendant on the same terms offered to him by Justice Hommuk.
The case was adjourned till July 5, 2021, for hearing.