EFCC arraigns ex-NBA chair, court registrar, for N60m fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday arraigned Shehu Mustapha, Registrar Litigation, Adamawa State High Court, and Binanu Esthon, a former chairman, Nigerian Bar Association, Yola Chapter, before Justice B.B Aliyu of Federal High Court sitting in Yola, Adamawa State.

They were arraigned on a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy and criminal diversion of funds to the tune of N60million.

Messrs. Mustapha and Esthon were docked following a complaint alleging criminal conspiracy between the accused persons.

A group of staff numbering 501 were disengaged from Stirling Civil Engineering Company Limited, but had their entitlements withheld by the Company.

The disengaged staff, through the former NBA boss, Mr. Esthon, instituted an action against their employer (Stirling Civil Engineering Company Limited) at the Adamawa State High Court sitting in Yola, and had the judgment entered in their favour.

According to them, Mr. Esthon, in connivance with Mr. Mustapha, the registrar of the court, diverted part of the funds meant for the settlement of their entitlements for personal use.

The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them.

In view of their plea, counsel to the EFCC, A.Y. Muntaqa, asked the court for a date to commence trial.

However, L. D Nzadon, counsel to the accused persons, urged the court to admit the defendants to bail, adding that the accused persons would not do anything to frustrate their trial.

Justice Aliyu admitted the accused persons to bail in the sum of N5million and a surety each in like sum.

The case was adjourned to March 14, 15, 16 and 17 for hearing.


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  • Tunsj

    Rogues everywhere in Nigeria. What a country!!

  • Colsman


    Chairman of Nigerian Bar Association is stealing too? Nigeria is finished. When I look at

    the photo (above) it is difficult for me to know if the dwarf is the Bar Association Chairman

    or the one on the right, especially because both men look like garage touts. I am no longer

    in doubt that Nigeria may become a failed state. Stealing has destroyed Nigeria as a country.

    • The facts

      You don’t just jump to conclusions when you’ve only heard one side of a story. In cases like this it’s either the lawyer decided to take some of the money as his own legal fees and the clients believe that it’s too much. However, it’s better we hear from both parties before jumping to conclusions.

      • Basketmouth

        Your assumption is not far fetched. You may be right and that is why the law of innocence until proven guilty is a life saver.

    • Basketmouth

      Why not? Stealing is not the sole prerogative of politicians. “The heart of man, the Bible says, is desperately wicked who can not it”. Lawyers too are still part of the larger society. Are they not the ones that defends the corrupt politicians and exploit all the loopholes in the law to make sure the trial of their clients never see the light of day just because they know that the innocence of their clients cannot stand the scrutiny of the law.

  • Bambulu

    Hold your horses guys…be patient and wait for them to defend themselves. They are still innocent until proven guilty.

  • ayobamiba

    Spot the difference, alleged theft of 60 million and a bail for 5 million, an alleged theft of 400 million and a bail for 400million and 300 million. The same country, the same constitution,under the same federal high court rules,the same justice system.sai baba.

  • David Adeniran

    This man should be BANNED FOR LIFE from practising as a Lawyer besides the long term imprisonment. Also the Government should do a clampdown on the corrupt or compromised Judges and lawyers because many of them are undoubtedly aiding and abetting criminals.

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