Amateur Whistle-blowing: EFCC Arraigns Buhari, Ba-Kura
Just in case you are considering joining the bandwagon, whistle blowing is “good business” but it is also risky.
Two self-acclaimed whistle-blowers, Buhari Fannami and Ba-Kura Abdullahi are in trouble with the EFCC for allegedly giving false information.
Both have been arraigned on two separate charges before Justice M. T Salihu of the Federal High Court in Maiduguri.
The EFCC said in a statement by its spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, said that Fannamit had misled the commission with the information about illegally acquired monies purportedly buried at the residence of one Ba’a Lawan but the information turned out to be false after the execution of a search warrant.
The charge reads:
“That you, Buhari Fannami, on or about the 8th day of May, 2017 at Maiduguri, Borno State, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, did make statement to officers of the EFCC under the whistleblower policy to the effect that large sums of money being the proceeds of crime were buried in the residence Ba’a Lawan at Pompomari Layout along Pompomari Bypass, Maiduguri which information/statement you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under sections 39 (2) (a) and 39 (2) (b) of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act 2004 respectively.”
As expected, Fannami pleaded not guilty to the charge.
Counsel for the prosecution, Alkassim Ja’afar, asked for a trial date and prayed the court to remand the accused person in the prison.
Justice Salihu ordered the accused to be remanded in custody while he adjourned the matter till June 7 and 8, 2017 for hearing.
The second ‘whistle blower’, Ba-Kura Abdullahi also targeted the same Ba’a Lawan.
He allegedly gave false information to the effect that large sum of money in naira and foreign currencies were buried in the residence of the man.
Justice Salihu ordered him also to be remanded in the prison.
Is it just a coincidence that two different persons believe Ba’a Lawan had cash stacked in his house? Or could the “miss” be the handiwork of a snitch?
Perhaps, they are simply amateurs, chasing the money.