The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is prosecuting two whistle blowers for giving false information to the agency.
The agency arraigned Buhari Fannami and Ba-Kura Abdullahi on Tuesday before MT Salihu, justice of the federal high court Maiduguri, on two separate counts of giving false information.
The EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren said Fannamit had misled the agency with false prompt that illegally acquired monies were buried at the residence of a man, Ba’a Lawan.
“But the information turned out to be false after the execution of a search warrant,” Wilson said in a statement issued on Wednesday.
According to the charge, “That you, Buhari Fannami on or about the 8th day of May, 2017 at Maiduguri, Borno state, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did make statement to Officers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission under the Whistle Blowing policy to the effect that large sums of money being the proceeds of crime were buried in the residence Ba’a Lawan at Pompomari Layout along Pompomari Bypass, Maiduguri which information/statement you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under sections 39 (2) (a) and 39 (2) (b) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act 2004 respectively.”
He said the accused person pleaded not guilty to the charge, and that the counsel to the prosecution, Alkassim Ja’afar asked for a trial date and prayed the court to remand the accused person in prison pending trial.
“Justice Salihu adjourned the matter till June 7 and June 8, 2017, for hearing and ordered the accused be remanded in the prison custody,” Uwujaren said.
“On his part, Ba-Kura Abdullahi also gave false information to the effect that large sum of money in naira and foreign currencies were buried in the residence of Ba’a Lawan.
“Justice Salihu adjourned his case to June 7 and 8, 2017 for commencement of trial and ordered the accused to be remanded in the prison custody.”