The accused person allegedly induced the complainant to part with the sum of N24, 000,000 under the guise that the said amount was management fees in respect of contract purportedly from the National Assembly for the supply of pipes and sanitary wares to the “National Assembly Quarters, Lugbe Abuja”. The purported contract, according to the accused person, was worth N2, 051,534,525.00 (Two Billion, Fifty One Million, Five Hundred and Thirty Four Thousand, Five Hundred and Twenty Five Naira Only).
The investigation into the alleged fraud revealed that the accused person had used his company Eximab Integrated Link to award the purported contract to the complainant, Fenabros Limited. It was further revealed that in order to deceive the complainant, the accused person through his other company, Minanta Enterprises, issued two Access Bank cheques in the sum of N7,500,000 (Seven Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira Only) each, which were returned unpaid due to lack funds in the account.
Tijjani pleaded not guilty after listening and understanding the contents of the charge.
Prosecution counsel, Nasiru Salele requested the court for a trial date in view of the plea of the accused person and also asked that the accused person be remanded in prison custody
However, counsel representing the accused person K. Olowookere made an oral application praying the court to admit his client to bail. Salele replied that the accused person would not be available for his trial if granted bail. He reminded the court that this particular case came up on two occasions in October and December of 2015 and on both dates, the accused person failed to appear in court which compelled the court to issue a bench warrant for his arrest.
Justice Mu’azu agreed with the argument of the prosecution and refused the bail application.