The Financial and Monetary Crimes Fee, EFCC, Makurdi Zonal Workplace immediately, February 18, 2020, arraigned one Joseph Kyumeh and Augustine Ada Omaji earlier than Justice M. A. Ikpambese of the Benue State Excessive Court docket sitting in Makurdi, on a 7-count cost bordering on Legal Conspiracy, Forgery, Cash Laundering, Abuse of Workplace and Theft to the tune of N11,000,000 (Eleven Million Naira).
One of many depend reads: “That you, Joseph Kyumeh and Augustine Ada Omaji sometime in March 2019, in Makurdi within the jurisdiction of this honourable Court agreed to dishonestly and fraudulently make and sign a report of internal auditor on the account of Nigerian Union of pensioners, Benue State Branch for the period between 30th December 2013 and 31st December 2017, with the intention of causing it to be believed that the report was made by Auditors for Nigerian Union of Pensioners, Benue State Chapter Makurdi and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 96 of the Penal Code (CAP) 124 Law of Benue State, and punishable under section 97 of the same Law”.
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They pleaded “not guilty” to the costs.
Based mostly on their plea, prosecuting counsel, Mary Onoja, requested a trial date and requested the court docket to remand them on the Correctional Centre.
Nevertheless, counsel to defendants, E. I. Laren urged the court docket to grant them bail on most liberal phrases.
Justice Ikpambese granted bail to every defendant within the sum of One Million Naira with one surety in like sum. The surety should be resident and have a landed property throughout the jurisdiction of the Court docket and should present proof of such. Or a civil servant not under GL 12 and so they should deposit one passport photograph with the Court docket.
The accused individuals had been remanded in Correctional Centre pending the perfection of their bail situation, and the case was adjourned until March 24, 2020, for listening to.
Hassle began for Kyumeh who was a boss of the Nigeria Union of Pensioners, Benue State Chapter and different government members when the EFCC obtained a petition signed on behalf of the involved pensioners of Benue State alleging that the funds of the NUP haven’t been audited and the demand for accountability that was despatched to the suspects had been ignored.
They alleged that since Could 2013, the suspects continued to spend the Union’s fund with none type of accountability for the check-off dues collected for over 5 years which had run into hundreds of thousands of naira. The petitioner alleged that the accused had defrauded the Union to the tune of N11,000,000.00 (Eleven Million Naira).