EFCC arraigns civil servant over N632m pension scam

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The court granted the accused bail in the sum of N10m and two sureties.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday re-arraigned a former staff of Pensions Account, office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mohammed Katun, before the Federal High Court Abuja on a one-count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretence, intent to commit fraud and diverting pension funds.

Mr. Katun is alleged to have fraudulently obtained over N62 million from the pension account.

The charge reads: “That you Mohammed Ahmed Katun, at various times between 2009 and 2010 within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, obtained by false pretence and with intent to defraud, from the Pensions Account, Office of the Head of Service of the Federation of Nigeria, various sums in the aggregate amount of N62,294,917.60 (Sixty Two Million, Two Hundred and Ninety Four Thousand, Nine Hundred and Seventeen Naira, Sixty Kobo) and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 1(1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.”

The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him.

Upon the plea of the accused, his counsel, Nicholas Eku, prayed the court to admit the accused to bail.

The prosecution counsel, Emmanuel Egwuagu, did not oppose the bail application, but asked the court to grant the accused bail on terms that will ensure his appearance in court.

The judge, A.R Mohammed granted bail to the accused in the sum of N10 million and two sureties in like sum.

One of the sureties, the judge said must be a federal civil servant not below grade level 10, while the other surety must have landed property in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT or its area councils.

He added that the title documents of the property as well as the accused international passport are to be deposited with the court. The accused is also not to travel outside the country without the permission of the court.

The case was adjourned to September 25 for trial.

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