The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has arraigned a permanent secretary in Adamawa State, Mamman Malgwi, before a high court judge on a nine-count charge bordering on diversion of funds meant for a road project.
The permanent secretary was arraigned alongside some deputy permanent secretaries, James Zarma, Suleiman Mohammed; director of Rural Access Mobility Project/World bank, Vwapamkai Bafyau; director, civil works, Farouk Abdullahi Tarja; and personal assistant to former governor Murtala Nyako, Ja’afaru Maliki.
The EFCC accuses them of diverting N208 million meant for a road project.
Their arraignment before Justice Balkisu Aliyu of the Federal High Court Yola followed a petition by a group called Adamawa Awareness for Change, which mostly civil servants as members.
The N208 million was meant for the Yola bypass.
The total contract sum is N427 million. The contract was awarded to Nasser & Associate Global International Limited.
The accused allegedly forged documents of engineering drawing of phase 1 of the Yola to Numa road project and used the bill of quantity to withdraw over N65 million from state account.
The suspects pleaded not guilty to the nine-count charge leveled them.
The case was adjourned to 26, 27 and 28 of October.
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