Court remands ‘Mama Boko Haram’, two others

Nigeria’s anti-graft agency on Monday, January 20, 2020, arraigned Aisha Alkali Wakil better known as “Mama Boko Haram”.

Tony Orilade, the agency’s spokesman, in a statement said the agency arraigned “Mama Boko Haram” alongside Tahir Saidu Daura and Prince Lawal Shoyade, before Justice Aisha Kumalia of the Borno State High Court, Maiduguri.

The three were arraigned on an amended five-count charge, bordering on conspiracy, obtaining money by false pretence and cheating to the tune of N111, 650,000 (One Hundred and Eleven Million, Six Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira).

Investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes, EFCC, reveals that the defendants in 2018 conspired and falsely presented to one Mohammad Umar Mohammed, purported contracts for installation and servicing of 10 pieces of Chison 600A, 2009 version deluxe ultrasound system and the supply of white beans through their non-governmental organisation (Complete Care and Aid Foundation).

They pleaded not guilty to all the charges, prompting prosecution counsel, Benjamin Manji to apply for a trial date and prayed the court to remand the defendants in the Nigerian Correctional Centre pending the determination of the case.

Justice Kumalia ordered that the defendants be remanded in a correctional centre and adjourned the case until February, 10, 11 & 12, 2020 for the commencement of trial.

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