Gombe Senator arraigned for N450m scam

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Gombe Zonal office Wednesday arraigned the duo of Senator Saidu Umar Kumo (Garkuwan Gombe) and Hon. Nuhu Poloma before Justice Nehizena Apolabi of the Federal High Court Gombe on five counts conspiracy and money laundering

The duo were alleged to have on March 27, 2015 collected the sum of N450m at the Gombe branch of a new generational bank, being part of funds allegedly paid out to influential political figures and electoral officials by a former petroleum minister to influence the outcome of the 2015 general election.

Specifically, Senator Kumo took the sum of N111m out of the N450 million and instructed one Abba Sunday Agaba to deliver the balance of N335.5m to cashier Government House, Gombe.

From his share, Senator Kumo allegedly gave N2 million to Hon. Nuhu Poloma, used the sum of N3m personally and failed to accounted for the balance of N106 million.

The accused persons pleaded not guilty to the five count charge. The prosecution counsel, Israel Akande then prayed the court for a date to commence trial

While adjourning the case to 5th of December, 2018, Justice Afolabi granted the defendants bail in the sum of N10 million each with two sureties in like sum. The sureties will further undertake to produce them at every court sitting.

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