EFCC arraigns ex-Adamawa council boss for N981million fraud

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on Wednesday
arraigned a former chairman of Demsa Local Government Council
of Adamawa State, Felix Tangwami, before Justice Helen
Hamman-Joda of the state High Court.
He was arraigned on a five-count charge, bordering on obtaining
N981 million by false pretence.
Mr. Tangwami had allegedly used his position to award a number
of contracts to companies he had interests and failed to deliver on
the contract terms.
The former chairman awarded contracts for the supply of
cerebrospinal meningitis vaccines awarded to Binam Integrated
Services Ltd; supply of VVF Oral Vaccines for Immunization
against typhoid to Nchaloro Nigeria Ltd; and supply of 500 units of
motorcycles to Bange Integrated service Ltd.
Other contracts were building of a school for technical skill
acquisition in Numan in favour of Bange Company Ltd and the
supply of anti-snake venom in favour of Tafari Nigeria Ltd.
The accused however pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred
against him.
In view of his plea, counsel to EFCC, Chris Meishelia, asked the
court to fix a date to commence trial.
However, defence counsel, Sule Abdul, told the court he had a
pending application for the bail of the accused.
The counsel urged the court to admit him to bail, explaining that
the offence for which he is being charged is bailable.
The presiding judge therefore admitted the accused to bail in the
sum of N500million with one surety in like sum.
The court said the surety must be a family man residing within
the jurisdiction of the court and must own a landed property
worth N100million.
The case was adjourned to February 22 for hearing.


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