The EFCC has arraigned a former Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Gusau, Professor Magaji Garba, over fraudulent dealings during his tenure.

Professor Garba appeared before the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Jabi, Abuja on Thursday October 14.

The court charged him on the offence bordering on obtaining money by false pretence and forgery

The anti-graft agency said this in a statement on its Facebook page.

Consequently, the court arraigned Professor Garba a five-count charge bordering

on obtaining money by false pretence and forgery to the tune of N260 million.

On the first count of the charge,

Professor Garba was accused of extorting sums of money from a contractor on the pretext of awarding him a N3 billion contract for the perimeter wall fencing of the university.

The offence is contrary to section 1 (1) (a) and punishable under section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and

other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.

Count two of the charge read:

“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 million 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 pretence of awarding a project for the perimeter wall fencing of the University valued at the total sum
of N3 billion, which representation/pretense you knew to be false.”

The 3rd charge read:

“That you, Professor Magaji 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 N150 million from Alhaji Shehu Umar Sambo, Managing Director/Chief
Executive officer of Ministaco Nigeria Limited, a contractor 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 N3,000,000,000.00 (Three Billion Naira), which representation/ pretense you knew to be false.”

However, Professor Garba pleaded ‘not guilty’ when the charges were read to him.

Following his plea, and counsel to the EFCC, Sylvanus Tahir, asked for a trial date and

or the defendant remanded in prison custody.

However, the defence counsel R. Usman applied for the bail of his client.

The EFCC opposed the bail application by the defendant’s lawyer

on the ground that he only served yesterday by 10:33 am.

Hence, the court adjourned the matter for the hearing of the bail application filed by his lawyer.

Presently, The defendant is now in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Service.

until a due date for hearing

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