The State High Court sitting in Ilorin on Wednesday ordered the remand of a man identified as Amedaru Halilu Bala in the Nigeria Correctional Centre, Ilorin over alleged diversion of N3.3million.
The 31-year-old suspect reportedly hailed from Okengwe in Okene Local Government Area of Kogi State.
The remand order was sequel to Bala’s arraignment by the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on one count charge of criminal diversion of funds contrary to Section 308 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 309 of the same Penal Code.
The charge reads:
“That you, Amedaru Halilu Bala, on or about 1st day of July 2022 at Ilorin, Kwara State, within the jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, did dishonestly convert to your personal use, the sum of N3,300,000, property of Abdullahi Bello and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 308 of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 309 of the same law”.
The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Following his plea, counsel to the EFCC, Sesan Ola urged the court to fix a trial date for the prosecution to prove its case and remand the defendant in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Centre pending trial.
Justice Yusuf in a short ruling granted the prayer of the prosecution counsel and adjourned to August 18, 2022 for hearing of the defendant’s bail application.