EFCC Arraigns Bureau de Change Operator Over Alleged N998.4m Fraud

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Ayuba Sanusi 

THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday Monday, 19 February 2024 arraigned Husaini Mohammed Auwal and his company, Humak Global Business Links before Justice J.O Abdulmalik of a Federal High Court, Abuja for alleged illegal financial transactions to the tune of Nine Hundred and Ninety-Eight Million, Four Hundred and Twenty-One Thousand, Five Hundred and Sixty-Four Naira (N998,421,564.00) only. 

Auwal and his company’s arraignment on a six-count charge bordered on a Suspicious Transaction Report (STR) of criminal conspiracy, money laundering and obtaining money by pretence.

Count one of the charges reads: “That you Husaini Mohammed Auwal, being the Managing Director of Humak Global Business Link, on or between 2016 and 2017 in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did carry on other financial business, to wit: bureau de change business without a valid licence issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria contrary to sections 57 and 59 (5) of the Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act, 2020.”

Count two reads: “That you Husaini Mohammed Auwal, being the Managing Director of Humak Global Business Link on or about 10th August 2020 in Abuja, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court received a total inflow of Forty-Seven Million, Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N47,250,000.00)  only from Khadab Ventures and Trust Limited into Humak Global Business Link account, domiciled in First City Monument Bank with account number 4497159015 in excess of Ten Million Naira (N10,000,000.00)  which you failed to make a report to the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) and thereby commit an offence contrary to Section 11 (1) and (3) of the Money Laundering (Prevention and Prohibition) Act, 2022.”

 

He pleaded “not guilty” to all the charges when they were read to him, following which prosecution counsel, Deborah Ademu Eteh asked the court for a trial date and for the defendant to be remanded in a correctional facility. The defence counsel,  however, called the attention of the court to an existing bail application and prayed the court to grant the defendant bail on liberal terms.

Justice Abdulmalik adjourned the matter till 23 February  2024 for hearing of the bail application and 21 March 2024 for trial. She also ordered that the defendant be remanded in EFCC`s custody until the adjourned date.

Auwal was arrested by the EFCC following intelligence received by the Commission on 28 April 2022 from the Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) which showed that the defendant was allegedly receiving huge wire transfers from diverse entities through his company`s account and would promptly transfer such funds to various accounts, violating the daily transfer threshold. Again, the defendant was also allegedly operating a bureau de change without an appropriate licence.

 

Eighteen-Eleven Media 

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