EFCC goes after Kano politician over $1.3million fraud

Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)

Abdulsalam Zaura, the All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial candidate for Kano central, would reportedly be arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleged fraud.

This was disclosed on Monday by EFCC’s attorney, Ahmad Rogha, to reporters at the Kano Federal high court.

Zaura, also known as A.A. Zaura, was charged by the EFCC in 2018 with five counts of fraud-related offenses before a federal high court in Kano.

The anti-graft organization accused Zaura of cheating a Kuwaiti national by obtaining $1,320,000 while claiming to be in the business of developing homes in Dubai, Kuwait, and other Arab nations.

Lewis Allagoa, the presiding judge, exonerated the defendant on all counts in June 2020 and pronounced him not guilty.

The EFCC went to the court of appeal in protest of the ruling.

A Kano-based court of appeal ordered Zaura’s new trial in April 2022.

Trial halted because of judge’s absence

Mohammad Yunusa, the trial judge, was reportedly attending to other national problems outside of Kano on Monday, which caused the trial of Zaura to be postponed.

The trial judge had instructed the EFCC to present the accused in court during the preceding court session because of the latter’s absence.

Rogha commented on the situation, stating that the defendant was meant to be in the EFCC’s custody and that they would be bringing him in for trial in 2023.

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“We are looking for Zaura and he will be arrested as soon as we find him,” he said.

“Ordinarily, he was supposed to be in our custody and the court has affirmed that. But I can assure you, he would be arrested and brought to court for the next adjourned date — 30th January, 2023.”

The defendant’s attorney, Ibrahim Garba Waru, responded by claiming that the EFCC lacked the legal right to detain his client.

Additionally, Waru stated that his client was not required to appear in court on Monday because there was no sitting.

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