The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, said Aliyu Yakubu, a former Revenue Officer with the Kano State zonal office of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) siphoned electronic cards worth N20 million and replacing them with cardboards in order to deceive the agency.
The anti-graft agency told Justice Peter Affen of the FCT High Court, sitting in Abuja on Tuesday when the trial resumed.
Yakubu is facing an eight-count charge, bordering on criminal breach of trust, misappropriation of funds and money laundering to the tune of N20 million.
The charges read in part: “That you, Aliyu Yakubu between January and December, 2010 in Abuja within the Judicial Division of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory while being a Revenue Officer with the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board Zona Office, Kano State and in such capacity entrusted with dominion over certain property to wit, a carton of e-facility cards of JAMB (containing 10,000 pieces of the cards) committed criminal breach of trust in respect of the said property when you disposed of the cards without duly rendering accounts of the disposals to JAMB and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 315 of the Penal Code law”.
JAMB’s Kano State Zonal Coordinator, who is the prosecuting witness Karimatu Aminu Abubakar, told the court that when the lid on the fraud was blown wide open, Yakubu lied that she was shortchanged by a bank worker.
He claimed the banker collected the cards but neither return them nor the money sold on behalf of JAMB.
After legal exchange between the accused’s counsel and the prosecutor, Justice Affen adjourned the case till February 6, 2020, for the continuation of trial.