EFCC Docks Contractor for $1m Fraud


Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on February 16, 2017,
arraigned one Bashir Ishaq Bashir alongside his companies, Leda
Greenpower Consortium, Leda Greenpower Nigeria Limited and Leda
Consortium Limited before Justice S.E. Aladetoyinbo of the Federal
Capital Territory, FCT High Court, Maitama, on a three-count charge of
obtaining by false pretence and cheating to the tune of $1 million.
was alleged to have collected the said sum as part payment of a $3
million agreement from Althani Investments Company Limited for the
purpose of forming a consortium to bid for shares at the Kaduna
Electricity Distribution Company. The bidding failed and several
attempts made by the company for a refund of the money proved abortive.
He pleaded “not guilty” to the charges when they were read to him.
Prosecution counsel, Rimamsomte Ezekiel, thereafter asked for a trial date.
Responding, counsel for the defendant, A.B. Anachebe, SAN, moved the motion for his bail application. 
opposed the application, arguing that “the defendant if granted bail
will interfere with prosecution witnesses”. He further argued that the
application was not proper in the sense that the defence only mentioned
the name of the first defendant without reference to the second, third
and fourth defendants.
Aladetoyinbo, while adjourning to April 10, 2017 for hearing granted
him bail in the sum of N2 million and one surety in like some. The
surety must be resident in Abuja and must have a landed property.


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