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EFCC Drags University Lecturer To Court Over N19M Fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Friday arraigned a lecturer at Nasarawa State University, Keffi for alleged diversion of funds.

The suspect, Moses Adoga, was arraigned at Nasarawa State High Court, sitting in Lafia, the state capital on one count.

According to a statement by the EFCC spokesperson, Makurdi Zonal Office, Mrs Okeanu Nnwanyinma, the suspect allegedly obtained money from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund to the tune of over N19m for his doctoral programme in Cellular and Molecular Biology at Bangor University, United Kingdom but diverted the fund to personal use.

The charge read, “That you, Moses Peter Adoga, sometime in 2011, in Keffi, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, being entrusted with the sum of N19,765,200 from TETFUND paid into your United Bank for Africa account through the Nasarawa State University Diamond Bank Account for the purpose of academic staff training and development, at Bangor University in the United Kingdom did dishonestly convert same to your own use, thereby committing a criminal breach of trust contrary to Section 311 and punishable under Section 312 of Penal Code Laws.”

The defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.

The prosecution counsel, Mary Onoja, asked that the defendant be remanded in prison custody pending the hearing of his bail application.

But the defence counsel, S. K. Sheltu, orally applied for bail for his client.

The trial judge, Justice Simon Aboki, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N2m with two sureties in like sum.

The judge held that the defendant should surrender his passport to the registrar of the court and adjourned the matter till July 10, 2019 for commencement of trial.

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