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Ex-Vice Chancellor Arraigned by EFCC For N260m Fraud

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On Tuesday, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission arraigned a former Vice-Chancellor of the Federal University Gusau, Prof. Magaji Garba before a Federal High Court Justice in Abuja, Justice Maryam Hassan Aliyu. He was arraigned on a five count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretense, and forgery. He was alleged to have extorted huge sums of money from a contractor on the pretext of awarding him a contract worth #3billion for the wall fencing the building.

On the second charge,  “That you, Professor Magaji Garba, whilst being the Vice Chancellor, Federal University, Gusau on or about the 15th of May, 2019 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory Abuja with intent to defraud obtained the sum of N100,000,000 (One Hundred Million Naira) from Alhaji Shehu Umar Sambo, Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Ministaco Nigeria Limited, a contractor executing the construction of the Grand Convocation Square of the Federal University, Gusau under the false pretense of awarding a project for the perimeter wall fencing of the University valued at the total sum of N3,000,000,000.00 which representation/pretense you knew to be false”.

On the third count charge,  “That you, Professor Magji Garba, whilst being the Vice Chancellor, Federal University, Gusau on or about the 1st August, 2019 in Abuja within the jurisdiction of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja with intent to defraud obtained the sum of ₦150,000,000.00 (One Hundred and fifty Million Naira from Alhaji Shehu Umar Sambo, Managing Director/Chief Executive officer of Ministaco Nigeria Limited, a contract executing the construction of the Grand Convocation Square at the Federal University, Gusau under the false presence of awarding a project for the perimeter wall fencing of the University valued at the total sum of ₦3,000,000,000.00 (Three Billion Naira), which representation/ pretense you knew to be false”

Prof. Magaji Garba pleaded “not guilty” to the charges. His counsel applied for bail was denied after the opposing counsel requested for a new trial date while he remains in prison custody. The case was adjourned till October 14, 2021 for hearing of the bail application.

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