Professor Ibrahim Garba and Ibrahim Shehu Usman, former Vice Chancellor and Bursar respectively of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria have been arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over alleged money laundering.
The EFCC said they were arraigned before Justice A.A Bello of the Kaduna State High Court on an eight count charge bordering on theft and money laundering to the tune of over 1billion naira.
The arraignment followed months of discreet investigation triggered by a petition accusing the duo of diverting monies meant for the renovation of the popular Kongo Conference Hotel, Zaria.
The investigation established that over one billion Naira was allegedly stolen from different accounts of the institution by the defendants and diverted into their private accounts.crisis had broken out at ABU towards the end of Garba’s tenure.
The Governing Council of the school had asked the VC to leave before the end of his tenure, a directive that Garba vehemently resisted.
In a letter addressed to him, the Registrar of the university, A. A. Kundila, the council headed by its Chairman, Adamu Fika (Wazirin Fika) had directed Garba to proceed on terminal leave with effect from March 1, 2020.
The letter, which was copied the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission (NUC), Inspector General of Police, Director, Department of State Service, among others, asked the vice-chancellor to handover leadership of the university to the deputy vice-chancellor, Academic.
Aside the foregoing, the council also resolved to review all appointments and employments made by the outgoing V-C from October 2019 till the time of his departure. P.M NEWS