Ali Abdullahi, personal assistant to the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, Danladi Umar has been arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, over an alleged fraud related matter.
Abdullahi was slammed with a two-count charge of allegedly giving the anti-graft agency wrong information during its investigation of a case of false asset declaration by a former official of the Nigerian Customs Service, Rasheed Owolabi.
The First count charge stated that Abdullahi disclosed to the EFCC that N1.8 million collected from Owolabi was meant to assist his father’s medication.
But during cross-examination, Owolabi dismissed this, saying he paid the sum to the tribunal’s chairman through a Zenith Bank account belonging to Abdullahi.
Owolabi said he paid the money following an alleged demand of N10m by the tribunal Chairman so as to influence his case before the tribunal.
The charges reads, “That you Ali Gambo Abdullahi, sometimes in August 2013 at Abuja within the judicial division of the court did make a statement to one Abdulmajeed Ibrahim, a detective with the EFCC, while in the course of the exercise of the duty of his office that the sum of N1.8m paid into your Zenith Bank Account Number 1002849471 on December 12, 2012 by one Rasheed Owolabi was a payment made to assist you to settle your father’s hospital bill; which statement you knew to be untrue and thereby committed an office contrary to section 39(2)(a) of the EFCC Act, 2004 and punishable under section (39) (2) (b) of the same act.
“That you Ali Gambo Abdullahi, sometimes in August 2013 at Abuja within the judicial division of the court did make a statement dated 13th August 2013 pertaining to N1.8m paid into your bank account by one Rasheed Taiwo, which is inconsistent with the statement you made on August 12th, 2013 to one Abdulmajeed Ibrahim, a detective with EFCC while in the course of the exercise of the duty of his office and thereby committed an offence contrary to section (39) (2) (b) of the EFCC Act 2004.”