Ex-ABU staff convicted for defrauding the University.
The Kaduna Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has secured the conviction of Danjuma Musa, An ex Procurement Officer of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria for procurement fraud.
Mr. Danjuma Musa was convicted by Justice Peter Mallong of the Federal High Court sitting in Kaduna for colluding with Gboye Surgical Equipment to inflate the prices tendered for the supply of drugs and laboratory reagents, contracts awarded by Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria,
The charge read in part: “That you, Danjuma Musa (while being a Procurement Officer of Ahmadu Bello University) sometime in 2016 at Zaria, within the jurisdiction of this honorable court, colluded with Gboye Surgical Equipment to inflate the prices tendered for the supply of drugs and laboratory reagents, contracts awarded by Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, which would not have been the case had there not been collusion between you and Gboye Surgical Equipment, and thereby committed an offense contrary to Section 58(4)(a) of the Public Procurement Act, 2007, and punishable under Section 58(6)(a) and (b) of the same act.”
When the charge was read to him, the defendant pleaded guilty, and Justice Mallong consequently convicted and fined him an equivalent of 25 percent of the value of the procurement in issue, amounting to N686,540.43. He was also barred from all public procurements for at least five calendar years.
The convict had already paid N1,668,770 as restitution to the complainant.
In another development, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arraigned a Sokoto State civil servant, Aminu Mega, for allegedly diverting N2.6 million belonging to the state government.
Mega, the Deputy Director (Infrastructure) of Sokoto Agriculture Development Project (SADP), is facing two counts bordering on fraudulent diversion of public fund.
ICPC, in a charge sheet filed before Justice Malami Umar of High Court 3, Sokoto, accused Mega of fraudulently converting government’s N2,626,500 meant for the construction of borehole at SADP Housing Estate in the state.
He was also accused of presenting fake receipts to the commission during the investigation to cover the fraud, thereby committing an offence contrary to Sections 16 and 19 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000, and punishable under the same section.
As Mega pleaded guilty to the charges, ICPC counsel, Mashkur Salisu, prayed the judge to convict him as charged. The case was adjourned till October 26, 2020.