The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has dragged Madu Garba, a storekeeper with PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc depot, Yola, Adamawa State, before Justice Bilikisu Aliyu of the Federal High Court, Yola.
The storekeeper was arraigned on two counts of defrauding the company through fictitious invoicing to the tune of N8.5m.
A statement by the EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, on Monday said his arraignment followed a petition by the PZ.
Uwujaren said investigation revealed that Madu Garba used the invoice of two distributors, Yalisco Electrical Services and Gassol and Sons Limited, to cover up some missing goods in PZ Cussons warehouse where he was a storekeeper, thereby defrauding his employers.
The charges read in part, “That you Madu Garba, being a store keeper at PZ Cussons Nigeria Limited, sometimes in September 2009 in Yola Adamawa State, within the jurisdiction of this court, Federal High Court of Nigeria, did take several electronic goods worth N4,027,090 by fraudulently using the account of Yalisco Electrical Services Limited, a customer, without his knowledge and converted the goods for your own use, thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 383 (1)of the Criminal Code Act, Cap C38, laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (LFN) 2004 and punishable under Section 390 (9) of the same Act.”
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge, a development which prompted the prosecution counsel, Abubakar Aliyu, to ask for commencement of trial.
The court remanded the accused person in prison till November 21, 2013 when trial will commence.
We put a call through to Mr Yomi Ifaturoti the corporate affairs director, but we dint get his response until press time.