Hajiya Aisha Wakil popularly referred to as Mama Boko Haram has been remanded in Nigerian Correctional Centre over alleged fraud to the tune of N111.7 million.
The order for her detention was by a High Court in Maiduguri, Borno State, on Monday, presided over by Aisha Kumalia, when she was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
Mama Boko Haram was charged along with one Tahir Saidu and Lawal Shoyade in connection with conspiracy, obtaining money by false pretence and cheating.
According to the EFCC, the defendants violated the law by allegedly conspiring and presenting one Mohammad Umar, purported contracts for installation and servicing of 10 pieces of Chison 600A, 2009 version deluxe ultra sound system and the supply of white beans through their non-governmental organisation, Complete Care and Aid Foundation.
The defendants have however pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.
One of the charges reads: “That you, Aisha Alkali Wakil, Tahiru Saidu Daura, and Prince Shoyade, whilst being chief executive officer, programme manager and country director respectively of Complete Care and Aid Foundation (a non-governmental organisation) and Saidu Muktar (now at large) sometime in October, 2018 at Maiduguri, Borno State, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court with intent to defraud, induced one Mohammed Umar Mohammed of Nyeuro International Limited to deliver to you 3,000 (three thousand) bags of 50kg white beans worth N65,000,000.00 (Sixty Five Million Naira) under the guise of executing a purported contract of supply of the said beans which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 320(a) and punishable under Section 322 of the Borno State Penal Code Laws Cap 102.”
The case was adjourned till February 10, 2020 when the trial will commence.