The Maiduguri zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes, EFCC, has secured the conviction of Ibrahim Goni Bama and Bamai Kachallah (alias Ali Kachallah) before Justice Umar Fadawu, of the Borno State High Court, Maiduguri on a 2- count charge for the offence of conspiracy and criminal misappropriation of funds to the tune of N10m. Bama and Kachallah’s journey to prison started when they
were awarded a N10m contract by an International Non-Governmental Organization, Norwegian Refugee Council. They then approached Abubakar Sadiq Gubio, who is the complainant, to finance the said contract, which he obliged. The contract was later revoked by the NGO but the development was not communicated to Gubio nor his money returned. The count reads: “That you, Ibrahim Goni Bama and Bamai Kachallah (aka Ali Kachallah) sometime in December, 2018 at Maiduguri within the Jurisdiction of the
High Court of Borno State did conspire amongst yourselves to do an illegal act to wit: dishonestly convert to your own use the sum of N10,000,000.00 belonging to Abubakar Sadiq Gubio and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 96(1) (a) and punishable under section 97(1) of Penal Code Law 102, Laws of Borno State.” The defendants pleaded guilty to the charge. Prosecution counsel, Benjamin Manji led Salisu Muhammad Rabiu, an investigator with the EFCC in evidence, wherein he disclosed that the investigation
uncovered zero evidence of performance of the contract after the defendants collected N10m from the complainant. Manji consequently prayed the court to convict the defendants as charged. Justice Fadawu convicted the defendants and sentenced them to three years in prison with an option of three Hundred Thousand Naira fine, on count one. They were also sentenced to one year in prison with an option of Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira fine on count two.