Two Nigerians seem to have heeded the national call to rid the country of financial crimes and blew the whistle. But their adventure has now turned sower as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned the two whistleblowers for giving false information to the commission.
The EFCC on Tuesday arraigned Buhari Fannami and Ba-Kura Abdullahi before Justice MT Salihu of the Federal High Court in Maiduguri on two separate counts of giving false information, on Tuesday.
Fannami was said to have misled the agency with information about illegally acquired monies allegedly buried in the premises of one Ba’a Lawan.
But the EFCC has disclosed that, “the information turned out to be false after the execution of a search warrant.”
The charge against Fannami 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 EFCC 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.”
But when the charge was read to Fannami, he pleaded not guilty to the offence.
The lawyer to the EFCC, Mr Alkassim Ja’afar, later sought for a trial date and urged the court to remand the accused person in prison pending trial.
Justice Salihu consequently remanded Fannami in prison custody and adjourned the matter till June 7 and June 8, 2017.
The judge also made a pronouncement on Ba-Kura Abdullahi, who also gave false information that large sum of money in naira and foreign currencies were buried in the residence of Ba’a Lawan.
Justice Salihu later remanded Abdullahi in prison custody and adjourned his case to June 7 and 8, 2017.