Again! Katsina gov’t charges 2 ex-officials under Shema’s admin with N600m Sure-P fraud to court
A former Director of Finance in the Katsina State abolished Subsidy Reinvestment Programme SURE-P, Abdullahi Shinkafi, was arraigned last Tuesday for an alleged fraud to the tune of N600m.
Abdullahi Shinkafi was arraigned together with one-time Chief Store Officer in the office of Katsina State Head of Service, Bello Bindawa.
According to our sources, the two ex-officials were arraigned on a total of seven counts charges before the Katsina State High Court.
Shinkafi, was accused of awarding contracts while at his previous duty post worth over N30m to a company, Tsondagi Estate Agencies, where he had interest.
According to the prosecution party, the company was awarded the contract of constructing five viewing centres, each at a price of N6.937m, in five different locations in Katsina State.
Shinkafi was said to have allegedly committed the crime between June 2014 and May 2015 and the offence was said to be contrary to Section 12 of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act.
On his part, Bindawa was accused of using a firm he had interest in, West Channel Ltd., for the supply of tricycles worth over N625m to SURE-P.
The first charge said that Bindawa supplied 725 units of tricycles valued at N354.4m through the company while he was accused in the second charge of using the firm to supply 110 units of tricycles valued at N271.830m to the agency.
He was said to have committed the offence between June, 2014 and May,2015.
Both Shinkafi and Bindawa pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Justice Maikaita Bako admitted the two defendants to bail in the sum of N200m each.
The judge directed them to submit their passport to the court’s registrar.
He adjourned the case till January 9, 2018 for commencement of trial.
Prior to the arraignment of the defendants, the judge had, in a ruling, dismissed an application by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, challenging the authority of the Katsina State Attorney General to prosecute the accused persons.