A Zamfara House of Assembly member, Lawali Attahiru who was arraigned before Justice Fadima Aminu of the Federal High Court, Gusau, Zamfara State on November 2, 2018, has been convicted of criminal breach of trust, and fraudulently initiating supply of medical equipment to Zamfara State Ministry of Health.
Lawali Attahiru who represents Kauran Namoda Constituency, was arrested and arraigned in court after the EFCC received a petition from the complainant who alleged that he was awarded a contract for the supply of medical facilities by the convict, but after supply was made he refused to pay him.
The Zamfara House of Assembly member who pleaded not guilty to the seven count charge in his first arraignment on 17th of October 2018, was busted after investigations revealed that the purported contract was fraudulently non existent but supported by many forged document to deceive and defraud the complainant.
Lawali approached the EFCC with a plea bargain proposal which was dated 30th October, 2018 and adopted by both parties when the matter came up on the 1st of November. Counsel for the defendant, Jafar Shehu, who urged the court to accept the conditions therein in sentencing his client also informed the court that his client has made full repayment of the money involved to the complainant.
It was gathered that the Prosecution counsel, Douglas Gift, did not oppose the prayer of the defense but urged the court to tamper justice judiciously and judicially. The convict who changed his plea from not guilty to guilty to the seven count charge, was convicted the defendant accordingly by Justice Aminu. She also ordered him to pay fine in the sum of N2,000,000 (Two Million Naira Only), into the treasury single account of the federal government.
One of the charge read “That you Lawali Attahiru on or about the 3rd day of December 2012 in gusau within the Jurisdiction of this honorable court with intent to defraud did obtain the sum of #2.700.000.00 from Hamisu Saminu Jibrin through your fidelity bank account No. 53336100432 being payment for medical equipment which you claimed to have supplied to zamfara stae ministry health in a contract which you sold him, which presence you knew to be false and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1 (1) (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.”