The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Friday arraigned a lecturer of Nasarawa State University, Keffi, over alleged N19 million fraud.
The suspect, Moses Adoga, was arraigned at Nasarawa State High Court, in Lafia on one count charge.
According to the Anti Graft Agency, the suspect allegedly obtained money from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund to the tune of over N19 million for his doctoral program in Cellular and Molecular Biology at Bangor University, United Kingdom but diverted the fund to personal use.
“That you, Moses Peter Adoga, sometime in 2011, in Keffi, within the juristiction of this honorable court, being entrusted with the sum of N19,765,200 from TETFUND paid into your United Bank for Africa (UBA) account through the Nasarawa State University Diamond Bank account for the purpose of academic staff training and development, at Bangor University in the United Kingdom did dishonestly convert same to your own use, thereby committing a criminal breach of trust contrary to Section 311 and punishable under Section 312 of Penal Code Laws,” the charge read.
Adoga pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The prosecution counsel, Mary Onoja, asked that the defendant be remanded in prison custody pending the hearing of his bail application but the defence counsel, S.K. Sheltu, orally applied for bail for his client.
The trial judge, Justice Simon Aboki, granted the defendant bail in the sum of N2m with two sureties in like sum, adding that the defendant should submit his passport to the registrar of the court.
The case was adjourned till July 10, 2019 for commencement of trial.