EFCC arraigns Gombe University Director of Works, One Other for N19m Contract Scam

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[Gomber]–The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on May 16, 2017 arraigned the duo of Murtala Salisu, Acting Director, Works, Gombe State University, Sanusi Sani Abdullahi, Director, Engineering Federal Teaching Hospital Gombe and SST Nig. Ltd before Justice B.L Iliya of the Gombe State High Court on an eight count charge bordering on diversion of public funds and abuse of office to the tune of N19million.

Their arraignment followed a petition to EFCC, Gombe Zonal office by concerned staff of the Gombe State University alleging that the accused persons fraudulently manipulated and issued contract awards letters especially on consulting job which was suppose to be issued by the registrar of the University.

It was also alleged that contracts emanating from Tetfund including special intervention and NEED’s Assessment were strictly awarded to cronies and friends of the accused without following due process.

After thorough investigation by the EFCC, it was discovered that the first accused, Salisu, received various sum of money as gratification from the second accused, Sanusi, for the contract executed by the third accused, SST Nig. Ltd at the Gombe State University.

Abdullahi is the sole signature and promoter of SST Nig. Ltd, a clear violation of public service regulations which forbid ownership of private business by serving public officers.

In view of their pleas, the prosecution counsel A. M. Labaran applied for a date for trial.
While adjourning the case to 22nd June, 2017, Justice Iliya granted bail to all the accused persons in N5m each and two sureties in like sum.

The sureties according to the judge, must have landed property with Certificate of Occupancy within the jurisdiction of the court.

*EFCC Press Release.

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