Ordeal of the trio started on April 18, 2016, when a case of obtaining money by false pretence and issuance of dud cheques was reported to the Commission by one Alhaji Garba Maigana against the above accused who are the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer respectively of the Hospital Management Board of the Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Services Technical and Recreation Services Employees and its leadership.
The petitioner alleged that sometimes in January, 2016, the trio lured him by requesting for the supply of a truck of a 50kg Labane rice to the union in Bauchi State.
In his own part, the complainant reported that he delivered to them a trailer load of rice (600 bags) valued at N6, 000,000.00 under the false pretence that Local Government staff were to be the beneficiaries. He was also made to believe that payment would be effected through direct deduction and be affected in two monthly installments against January and February, 2016 salaries.
In soliciting his trust, he was issued with two post-dated Sterling Bank cheques numbers 13894740 of 5th February, 2016 and 13894740 of 5th March, 2016 which were separately lodged and returned dishonored for insufficiency of fund. All efforts to get them pay back the money yielded no fruits as they were eventually found out to have diverted the goods elsewhere for their personal benefit.
The investigation carried out by the Commission, a prima facie case was made against the defendants, that investigation linked the defendants with the offences with which they were charged.