The Kaduna Zonal Repeat of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), on Thursday, January 20, 2022, arraigned one Wasila Musa Ibrahim and her firm, Najaatu Petroleum Restricted, earlier than Justice Mohammed Nasir Yunusa on the Federal Excessive Court, Kano.
They beget been arraigned on a 10-count fee bordering on money laundering and tax evasion.
The complainant alleged that sometime in 2020 the defendant approached him with a industrial proposal for the availability of Diesel and Top rate Motor Spirit (petrol) to a firm identified as Lee Neighborhood. The defendant smooth a sum of Thirty-Eight Million, Two Hundred Thousand Naira (N38, 200,000.00) from the complainant and his relatives to execute the industrial nevertheless diverted the money for her internal most use.
When the complainant requested a reimbursement, the defendant claimed she gave the money to at least one Alhaji Lawan who had absconded and would maybe now now not be reached.
All the diagram thru the investigation, it became once discovered that there became once no proof to deliver that the defendant invested the said money.
It became once also discovered that her firm, Najaatu Petroleum Restricted prevented tax payments from January 2013 to 2020.
Indubitably one of many counts reads: “That you, Wasila Musa Ibrahim “F”, sometime in October 2020, in Kano one day of the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did make a money payment of the sum of N38,200,000.00(Thirty-Eight Million and Two Hundred Thousand Naira) most life like seemingly to at least one Alhaji Lawan for the opt of 5 (5) vehicles of Diesel without passing thru a monetary institution and also you thereby dedicated an offence contrary to Portion 1 (a) of the Cash Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (As Amended) and punishable under Portion 16(2) (b) of the same Act”.
One other count reads: “That you, Wasila Musa Ibrahim “F”, Managing Director of Najaatu Petroleum Restricted and Najaatu Petroleum Restricted sometime in January 2013 in Kano, one day of the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, did fail to pay your firm earnings tax for the year 2013 to the Federal Inland Revenue Provider and also you thereby dedicated an offence contrary to Portion 9 (1) (a) of the Firms Income Tax Act, 2004 and punishable under Portion 82 of the same Act”.
The defendant pleaded ‘now now not responsible to the bills.
In glance of her plea, the prosecution counsel, Y.J Matiyak, prayed the court docket to repair a date for the listening to and remanded the defendant within the EFCC custody. However the defence counsel, Suleiman Abdulrahim educated the court docket of a pending application for bail of the defendant and asked that his client be admitted to bail.
On the opposite hand, Matiyak adverse the application.
Justice Yunusa, after taking note of the arguments, adjourned the topic till February 8, 2022, for a listening to of bail application and remanded the defendant in EFCC custody.