By Tom Garba, Yola
A criminal complaint before Chief Magistrate Abdullahi Muhammed Digital, of Yola Chief Magistrate court, has remanded one Pharmacist Abusufiyan Musa for swindling over seventeen Million Naira (N17,600,000) in the name of the business from Ahmed Hassan Barata, former Senator to had represented Adamawa Southern Senatorial District.
Babur community leader in Shelling Local Government area of Adamawa State who was privy and played an intermediary role to all transactions carried, Adamu Abubakar told this medium that Pharmacist Abusufiyan was given N17,600, 000 with the sole aim to establish a profit-making pharmaceutical store.
But according to Adamu, the business concept introduced to Senator Barata through one of his brothers, Abdullahi Musa, a business Man in Mubi was later discovered to have diverted and established fishing and poultry farms without prior knowledge to all parties involved.
This development made parties to know more of the sudden change by Abusufuyan proved abortive from October to his arrest.
He narrated that the pharmacist has been dodging and not forth coming with positive and convincing reasons led for his arrest by the police after much demands to know when the procurement of the pharmaceutical store will be opened.
The community leader worried about that the help done in good faith by the Senator Hassan who thought it is a wise decision to empower the youngsters to be self independent but only to feel cheated within few months of business expectations to grow that was sealed in October, 2021.
Abdulsufiyan who is a staff of General Hospital Uba in Borno state was said to have running away until he was tracked down by the police in Gombe confessed to have mismanaged the money meant for pharmacist store.
While in the Magistrate Court in Yola the 38-year-old defendant was alleged to have fraudulently induced senator Barata who invested N17.6 million in the business of drugs supplies and sales in October 202, but ended up swindling the said money to else with no explanation.
Earlier, Senator Barata, in a direct criminal complaint lodged before the criminal investigation department of Adamawa police command on the 23rd November 2021, alleged that he had transferred the money to the accused person as agreed.
He informed the police that he transferred the said money into Access bank account number 0010832154 bearing Abusufiyan Musa and his mother’s Eco bank account 040107103 named Hamsatu Lawan Hammadi.
He alleged that the defendant did not wholly invest the money into the specified business but diverted the sum of N15.5 million to his personal use.
When arraigned in court on Tuesday, the defendant pleaded not guilty.
Thereafter, the prosecutor, Inspector Iliya Akawu, urged the court to remand Abusufiyan in prison and adjourn the matter to enable them to complete the investigation since he had denied committing the offense.
While ruling on Inspector Iliya’s application, Magistrate Digital, said that the case has been accepted for prosecution and however ordered the police to go ahead with their investigation and make their case ready for hearing.
The judge remanded the defendant as prayed and subsequently adjourned the matter to the 28th February 2022 for commencement of the hearing by ordering the remand of Abusufiyan when he was arraigned before him by Adamawa state police command.