EFCC arraigns former Adamawa Commissioner for N20m Land Fraud
A former Adamawa State Commissioner for Finance and
Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, John Elias, was
yesterday October 22nd arraigned before Justice B.B Aliyu
of Federal High Court Yola, Adamawa State over a N20
million fraud. A statement from EFCC states that Elias
allegedly sold and appropriated some properties, which are
under interim forfeiture to the Federal Government.
An evaluation exercise conducted by the EFCC on the
forfeited properties revealed that Elias sold a landed
property situated at Galadima Aminu Way, Yola to one
Hamid Yusuf for N20,000,000.00( Twenty Million Naira)
through his agent, Jibril Mairiga. He also allegedly gave
another property on Atiku Abubakar Way, Yola, Adamawa
State,to his brother, Dr.
The former Commissioner is also alleged to have coerced
the tenants in another property to be paying their rents to
Al-Akim Investment Limited without authorization by the
One of the charges reads: “That you, Al-kim Investment
Nigeria Limited and John Babani Elias (M), sometimes in
February, 2011 at Jimeta-Yola, Adamawa State within the
jurisdiction of this Honourable Court and without due
authorization by the Economic and Financial Crimes
Commission dealt with, having put tenants and collecting
rents in and over the property known as four unit houses
behind First Bank of Nigeria Plc.
property is a subject of an interim order of forfeiture issued
on the 13th day of December, 2005 by the Federal High
Court, Lagos in charge No. FHC/L/CS/1258/2005, contrary
to and punishable under section 32(1) of the Economic and
Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act 2004”.
He pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to him.
The presiding judge, Justice Aliyu granted Elias bail in the
sum of N5million with a surety in like sum and fixed
December 15, 2015 for trial.