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An officer of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abubakar Abdulkarim, on Tuesday told an Abuja High Court how the commission executed a ‘sting operation’ that led to the arrest of two junior staff of the anti-graft agency.

The two junior staff have been charged with obtaining money under false pretence.

Douglas William and Abba Ishaku, both stationed at the reception of the EFCC headquarters in Maitama, are standing trial in a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretence.

The duo were alleged to have obtained N100, 000 from Kullima Kachalla, a former Chairman of Bama Local Government in Borno in 2010, by posing as investigators of the EFCC.

They were alleged to have asked Mr. Kachalla to send them money in order to bribe other investigators of the commission to destroy a petition written to the EFCC, which indicted him for alleged mismanagement of public funds.

At the resumed hearing of the case, Mr. Abdulkarim told the court that Mr. Kachalla had written to the EFCC to investigate the two accused persons.

He said that an undercover EFCC officer, Lawal Mainasara, posed as Mr. Kachalla’s representative and arranged a meeting with the accused.

The witness told the court that the second accused (Ishaku) used his phone to call Mr. Kachalla, asking him to bring the money around 2 p.m. to the commission’s headquarters in Maitama.

Mr. Abdulkarim, led in evidence by the EFCC counsel, Mary Onoja, defined a sting operation as ‘a deceptive operation designed to catch a person committing a crime’.

“A typical sting operation will have a law-enforcement officer or a cooperative member of the public to play a role as a criminal partner or potential victim and go along with a suspect’s actions to gather evidence of the suspect’s wrongdoing.”

He said the accused persons asked the undercover officer (Mainasara) to meet them at the back of the Maitama office of the EFCC to collect the money.

“The under-cover officer, after meeting with them, however, told them that he had only N50, 000 to give, but they refused to collect it, asking him to pay the money in full.

“The officer obliged their request and immediately, other officers mobilised and arrested them.”

After Mr. Abdulkarim’s testimony, Ms. Onoja, EFCC’s counsel, closed the prosecution’s case.

Meanwhile, Justice Abubakar Umar has adjourned the case to April 19 for the counsel to the accused, Nicholas Ogbekime, to open his defence.

 

 

 

An officer of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abubakar Abdulkarim, on Tuesday told an Abuja High Court how the commission executed a ‘sting operation’ that led to the arrest of two junior staff of the anti-graft agency.

The two junior staff have been charged with obtaining money under false pretence.

Douglas William and Abba Ishaku, both stationed at the reception of the EFCC headquarters in Maitama, are standing trial in a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretence.

The duo were alleged to have obtained N100, 000 from Kullima Kachalla, a former Chairman of Bama Local Government in Borno in 2010, by posing as investigators of the EFCC.

They were alleged to have asked Mr. Kachalla to send them money in order to bribe other investigators of the commission to destroy a petition written to the EFCC, which indicted him for alleged mismanagement of public funds.

At the resumed hearing of the case, Mr. Abdulkarim told the court that Mr. Kachalla had written to the EFCC to investigate the two accused persons.

He said that an undercover EFCC officer, Lawal Mainasara, posed as Mr. Kachalla’s representative and arranged a meeting with the accused.

The witness told the court that the second accused (Ishaku) used his phone to call Mr. Kachalla, asking him to bring the money around 2 p.m. to the commission’s headquarters in Maitama.

Mr. Abdulkarim, led in evidence by the EFCC counsel, Mary Onoja, defined a sting operation as ‘a deceptive operation designed to catch a person committing a crime’.

“A typical sting operation will have a law-enforcement officer or a cooperative member of the public to play a role as a criminal partner or potential victim and go along with a suspect’s actions to gather evidence of the suspect’s wrongdoing.”

He said the accused persons asked the undercover officer (Mainasara) to meet them at the back of the Maitama office of the EFCC to collect the money.

“The under-cover officer, after meeting with them, however, told them that he had only N50, 000 to give, but they refused to collect it, asking him to pay the money in full.

“The officer obliged their request and immediately, other officers mobilised and arrested them.”

After Mr. Abdulkarim’s testimony, Ms. Onoja, EFCC’s counsel, closed the prosecution’s case.

Meanwhile, Justice Abubakar Umar has adjourned the case to April 19 for the counsel to the accused, Nicholas Ogbekime, to open his defence.

 

An officer of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abubakar Abdulkarim, on Tuesday told an Abuja High Court how the commission executed a ‘sting operation’ that led to the arrest of two junior staff of the anti-graft agency.

The two junior staff have been charged with obtaining money under false pretence.

Douglas William and Abba Ishaku, both stationed at the reception of the EFCC headquarters in Maitama, are standing trial in a four-count charge bordering on conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretence.

 

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