Two whistle blowers, Buhari Fannami and Aba-Kura Abdulahi, who allegedly gave false information under the whistle blowing policy of the Federal Government were arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), yesterday. EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said the duo were arraigned before Justice M. T Salihu of the Federal High Court, Maiduguri, Borno State.
The arraignment came a day after the Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi
Adeosun, claimed that over 2,500 corruption tips were received since the
policy started last year. She was addressing a town hall meeting to give account of the two-year-old Buhari administration in Abuja.
According to the EFCC, Fannami misled the agency with the information
about illegally acquired monies purportedly buried at the residence of
one Ba’a Lawan, but the information turned out to be false after the
execution of a search warrant.
The charge reads:
“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.”
Uwujaren said the accused person pleaded not guilty to the charge. Counsel to the prosecution asked for a trial date and prayed the court to remand the accused person in prison pending trial.