EFCC arraigns Gombe SEMA boss for ‘diverting’ IDPs materials

EFCC arraigns Gombe SEMA boss for ‘diverting’ IDPs materials

The Executive Secretary of the Gombe State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Danlami Arabs Rukuje alongside two others were arraigned before a state High Court, over alleged diversion of materials meant for the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

Rukuje alongside store keeper of the agency, Isa Garba and one Mu’azu Sulaiman KT, were arraigned before the court over three-count charge bordering on criminal conspiracy and theft.

According to the court document, the trio had between May and August 2017 conspired among themselves and diverted building materials which includes; 5000 bags of Portland cement and 2, 081 drums of 20 litres of paints, which were donated by the Presidential Committee on the North-East Initiatives (PCNI), for onward distribution to the IDPs.

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The EFCC counsel, Barrister Abdulhamid Mustapha Labaran, said the offenses committee under the jurisdiction of the court, were contrary to Sections 96 and 286, punishable under Sections 97 (1) and 287 of the Penal Code Law of Northern Nigeria.

All the three accused person pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge preferred against them by the EFCC.

In view of their plea, Barrister Labaran applied for a new date for trial and the accused to be remanded in prison custody.

However, the counsel of Arabs Rukuje, Barrister Sati Benjamin and counsel to the two other plaintiffs, applied for the bail of the three accused persons.

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The presiding judge, Justice Abubakar Jauro, adjourned the case to April 9 for rule on the bail application and continuation of trial.

He ordered the accused persons to continue on the administrative bail granted by the EFCC.