The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Maiduguri Zonal Office on Thursday, February 13, 2020 arraigned Sahabo Ahiwa alongside his company, Dokkal International Travelling & Tourism Limited, before Justice Dagat of a Federal High Court, Maiduguri, Borno State on a two-count charge for alleged conspiracy to obtain money under false pretence to the tune of N9million.
One of the counts reads: “That you, Sahabo Abubakar Ahiwa between November 2014 and January 2015 at Maiduguri, Borno State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court and with intent to defraud, induced one Dr. Fatima Alfa Tahir to deliver to you the sum of N9,000,000 (Nine Million Naira) only under the false pretence that the said sum would be utilized to service her interest for payment of purchase price of a 2-bedroom flat situated at Asokoro, Abuja, facts you knew to be false and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under sections 1(1)(b) and 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud related Offences Act, 2006 respectively”.
The defendant alongside his company pleaded “not guilty” to the charges.
Counsel for the EFCC, Haruna Abdulkadir, asked for a trial date and for the court to remand the defendant in the Nigerian Correctional Service pending the determination of the case.
Thereafter, Justice Dagat adjourned the case to March 23, 2020 for commencement of hearing and ordered the remand of the defendant in the Nigerian Correctional Service.
It will be recalled that the defendant was first arraigned in 2017 before retired Justice M. T Salihu of the Federal High Court alongside his company and was admitted to bail. However, he jumped bail, which prompted Justice Salihu to order his arrest by the EFCC.