Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has again arraigned one Mr. Muhammad Kulloma before Justice Aisha Kumaliya at the Borno State High Court, Maiduguri for allegedly defrauding his victim, Mr. Modu Tijani, Managing Director, Gumaiti Nigeria Limited, the sum of N40.5m .
Kulloma, who was charged along side his company , Mbuta Criterion Nigeria Limited, collected the said amount in his personal and company account respectively in tranches of N27.5m and N13m under the guise of financing a contract awarded to him by a Non Governmental Organization (NGO), Mercy Cops, for the supply of locally made cooking stoves.
The one count charge reads: “That you Muhammad Abdullahi Kulloma being the Chief Executive Officer of Mbuta Criterion Nigeria Ltd and alter ego of Mbuta Criterion Ltd, a company registered in Nigeria, sometimes in 2020 at Maiduguri, Borno State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud, obtained the sum of N40,500,000.00 (Forty Million Five Hundred Thousand Naira) only from Modu Mustapha Tijjani, the Managing Director of Gumalti Nigeria Limited via your personal account No. 0236531326 and your corporate account No. 0458028956 with account name Mbuta Criterion Nigeria Limited both domiciled with GTB Plc under the false pretence that the said sum represent payment for the execution of a purported contract for the supply of locally fabricated cooking stoves made with clay knapsack sprayers awarded by a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) , Mercy Corps, which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1) (b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and Punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.”
The defendant, Mr. Kulloma however, pleaded not guilty when the charge was read to him.
As a result of this, counsel for the prosecution, Mukhtar Ahmed prayed the court for a trial date in order for witnesses to be presented; an appeal, Justice Kumaliya agreed to.
The case has therefore, been adjourned until September 13, 2021 for commencement of trial; while the defendant is remanded at the Maiduguri Medium Correctional Centre.