The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) today arraigned Aliyu Gebi of the House of Representatives before the Federal Capital Territory High Court, Abuja on a 13-count charge of issuing dud cheques worth over 125 million Naira to one Usman Mustapha.
According to the EFCC, one of the charges reads as follows: “That you, Hon. Aliyu Gebi, being the owner and sole signatory of Craft Technology Ltd and Craft Technology Ltd on or about the 12/01/2012 at Abuja Judicial Division of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory did obtain credit by issuing a UBA Plc cheque No. 00091852 in the sum of N10,000.000.00 (Ten Million naira) only in favour of Musty Petroleum Ltd.
Which when presented within three months was dishonored on the ground that there was insufficient fund in the account and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 1 (b) (I) of the dishonored cheque (offences) Act, 2004 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria.”
Representative Gebi pleaded not guilty to all the charges. His defense counsel then pleaded with the court to admit the accused person to bail as he was already on EFCC administrative bail.
He further told the court that apart from the fact that the offence was bailable, the accused person presented himself to the Commission for interrogation. The EFCC counsel did not oppose the application.
Justice Abba Mohammed granted the accused person bail on self-recognition and ordered that he deposit his international passport with the EFCC and to report to the Commission whenever he is needed.
Trial was set for February 19, 2013.