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  • Updated: June 21, 2024

Man arraigned for tearing investigation letters

Man arraigned for tearing investigation letters

The Gombe Zonal Directorate of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, brought charges against Usman Mallam on June 11, 2024, accusing him of tearing official investigation letters and obstructing the Commission's efforts. 

Mallam, who serves as a desk officer responsible for responding to official correspondences in the Gombe State Secretary to the State Government's office, appeared before Justice TG Ringim at the Federal High Court in Gombe. 

He faces a one-count charge for deliberately impeding EFCC's investigation activities and damaging its official documents.

The lone charge against Mallam reads "that you, Usman Mallam on or about 26th day of February 2024 at Gombe, Gombe State within the jurisdiction of this honourable court while the officers of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC were carrying out an investigation activity involving an alleged economic and financial crime, did willfully obstruct the said investigation by tearing the EFCC formal letters of investigation activities dated  January 1, 2024 and February 21, 2024 respectively"  and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 38 (1) and punishable under Section  38 (2) (a) and (b) of the Economic and financial Crimes Commission Establishment Act".
 
Upon arraignment, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the one count  charge, prompting the prosecution counsel AM Labaran to say, " My Lord,   the defendant has put himself to trial hence we shall be asking for a date for trial ". 

However, counsel to the defendant, SS Usman said, " My Lord, we have a bail application dated July 11, 2024 , we are asking the court to exercise its discretion and grant the defendant bail”
 
Justice Ringim thereafter granted the defendant bail in the sum of 10,000 (Ten Million Naira)  and one surety in like sum.

The surety shall be a director in a government establishment or a private company with  a capital worth  of not less than N10,000,000.

In addition to the conditions,  the Registrar of the court should verify the identity of the surety and both the surety and the defendant shall submit two passport photographs to  the court .
 
Justice Ringim  remanded the defendant in Gombe State Correctional Service pending the fulfilment of the bail conditions and adjourned the case to July 9, 2024 for trial.

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