The previous administrator Gombe State Board of Internal Revenue, Mr. Atiku Mu’azu Bayum, and three other principal officers of the board were on Thursday summoned before Justice Beatrice Iliya of Gombe State High Court 3 on a two-check charge verging on connivance and burglary.
As per an announcement discharged to media by Malam Muhammad Bajoga, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of The Gombe zonal office of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the convicts in their abilities as Chairman, Chief Store Officer, Chief Accountant and Director, contrived and stole the entirety of 25.060 million naira having a place with the Government of Gombe State.
“Examination uncovered a few archives, including a few receipts, joined to installment vouchers for which installments were discharged and changed over to their utilization in the reason for their obligations,” Bajoga said.
Tally one of the charge read:
“That you, Atiku Mu’azu Bayum, Mohammed Adi, Ibrahim Abubakar, and Abubakar Usman, once in a while between January 2014 and July 2015 at Gombe, Gombe State, inside the purview of this Honorable Court, agreed among yourselves to perpetrate an unlawful demonstration, indeed, Criminal Conspiracy and, along these lines, carried out an offense in spite of and Punishable under Section 96 and 97 of the Penal Code Law, Laws of Northern Nigeria.”
The second check read:
“That you, Atiku Mu’azu Bayum, Mohammed Adi, Ibrahim Abubakar and Abubakar Usman, some of the time among January and July 2015 at Gombe, Gombe State, inside the purview of this Honorable Court with aim did untrustworthily submit robbery indeed: deceitfully convert the entirety of Twenty Five Million, Sixty Thousand Naira (N25, 060, 000.00) property of Gombe State Government and, subsequently, dedicated an offense in opposition to and Punishable under Section 286 and 287 of the Penal Code Law, Laws of Northern Nigeria.”
Bajoga included that they all conceded to both the charge read against them. In perspective on the improvement, the arraignment counsel O. Israel encouraged the court to convict them in like manner.
Be that as it may, guard counsel L. A Haruna argued in the interest of his customer for equity to be tempered with kindness as the sentenced were first time wrongdoers and didn’t squander the season of the court and confessed upon the arrival of their arraignment, taking note of what they had made compensation and proposed to reestablish the entire sum completely.
In her judgment, Justice Beatrice articulated the blamed liable and sentenced them to pay fine of One Hundred Thousand Naira (N150,000) each after the announcement by the guard counsel. The preliminary judge requested the convicts to reward the rest of the sum to the treasury of the state government inside a half year.