Man arraigned in Court for stock fraud


One Ahmad Abdullahi a former employee of Atlas Portfolio Limited, a stock brokerage firm in Kaduna has been arraigned before Justice M.T.M Tukur of the Kaduna State High Court, Kaduna for a criminal breach of trust.

He was arraigned on Tuesday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), Kaduna Zonal office who accused him of  diverting to personal use, the sum of N26, 880,000.00 paid into account for the acquisition of shares by a group of 39 customers, including a certain Hassan Usman. 

Ahmad Abdullahi was said to have in 2019 as a servant in the employment of Altas Portfolio Ltd, and such capacity entrusted with certain property, to wit: the sum of N900,000.00 (Nine Hundred Thousand Naira) only given to you by one Jabir Abdullahi Muhammad, committed criminal breach of trust in respect of the said property, and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 299 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law, 2017”.

 Abdullahi was also accused of diverting the sum of N1,100,000.00 given to him by one Jabir Abdullahi Muhammad in 2020 to personal use , an offence that is punishable under Section 299 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law, 2017.

The suspect pleaded not guilty to the charges when they were read to him. 

Upon his plea, the prosecution counsel M. E Eimonye asked the court to fix a date for trial and that the defendant be remanded in a Custodial Centre. But, the defense counsel, Sule Shuaibu applied orally for the bail of his client.   

Justice Tukur granted bail to the defendant in sum of N15 million and one surety in like sum. The surety must be either a serving civil servant on Grade Level 16 or above in either the State or Federal civil service, or a principal staff of a prominent company on the same level or grade.

The case was adjourned till November 18, 2021 for trial.