EFCC arraigns Katsina Deputy Accountant-General, Maiwada for alleged N261m fraud


The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has arraigned one Sa’adu Maiwada, a Deputy Accountant General of Katsina State, alongside Sani Lawal BK before Justice M.S Abubakar of the Federal High Court Katsina on a two-count charge of conspiracy and money laundering.

The anti-graft agency also disclosed that it arraigned a company, Integrated Gas Services Limited, along with the defendants, where the first defendant doubles as managing director.

This was contained in a statement issued via its verified Twitter handle on Tuesday.

The EFCC alleged that the defendants colluded and diverted the sum of N261, 869. 824.00 from the coffers of the Katsina State Government, while acting in their capacity as then Sub-Treasurer and Deputy Sub-Treasurer in the office of Accountant General of Katsina State.

The agency claimed that the stolen funds were allegedly laundered through Integrated Gas Services Limited, a company where the first defendant (Maiwada) is a director.

However, the defendants pleaded not guilty to the charges, while the court entered a ‘not guilty’ plea for the third defendant, Integrated Gas Services Limited.

Meanwhile, Counsel to the defendants, J.P. Israel, moved a bail application on their behalf and prayed the court to grant them bail.

Justice Abubakar granted the defendants bail in the sum of N50,000,000 each with two sureties who must be residents of Katsina.

The judge also asked that the defendants deposit their international passports with the registry of the court and later adjourned the matter till October 19 for trial.

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