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EFCC arraigns ex-finance commissioner over ‘N379m misappropriation

A former Commissioner in Adamawa state identified as Sanda Lamurde has been arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for allegedly misappropriating N379 million meant to feed internally displaced persons (IDPs).

The suspect who was the Commissioner of Finance in the administration of Governor Bala Ngilari (October 1, 2014 to May 29, 2015), was also the Chairman, Committee on Internally Displaced Persons Welfare.

According to report, he allegedly misappropriated the money, precisely N379,500,000 while in that capacity as chairman of the IDPs welfare committee.

He was taken before the State High Court on a 21-count charge of criminal breach of trust, forgery and using fake documents.

Among all charges, the anti-graft body charged him for diverting N379,500,000 meant to buy food items for IDPs in Adamawa State when their welfare was placed in his hands.

The presiding judge of the state High Court, Justice Nathan Musa, adjourned the case to April 16 for commencemyent of hearing and granted the accused bail.

The bail was in the sum of N20 million and a surety who must be a permanent secretary in the state.

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