The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday, arraigned a former chairman of Demsa Local Government Area of Adamawa state, Felix Tangwami, before Justice Helen Nuhu Hamman Joda of Adamawa State High Court.
Tangwam, who is facing a five-count charge bordering on obtaining money by false pretense to the tune of N981, 468, 000.00, is alleged to have used his position to award a number of contracts to companies where he has interests and failed to deliver on the contract terms.
A statement by the EFCC’s spokesperson Wilson Uwujaren, listed some of the contract Tangwami awarded to include: “Contracts for supply of cerebrospinal meningitis vaccines awarded in favour of Binam Integrated Services Ltd;
“Supply of VVF Oral Vaccines for Immunization against typhoid in favor of Nchaloro Nigeria Ltd;
“Supply of 500 units of motorcycles to be distributed to all the Local government Areas in Adamawa State in favor of Bange Integrated service Ltd;
“Building of a school for technical skill acquisition in Numan in favor of Bange Company Ltd; and the supply of anti-snake venom in favor of Tafari Nigeria Ltd. “
According to the EFCC spokesperson, Tangwami pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against him.
In view of his plea, counsel to EFCC, Chris Meishelia told the court to fix a date to commence trial, however, defence counsel, Sule J. Abdul, told the court that he had a pending application for the bail of the accused.
Justice Joda, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N500million with one surety in like sum. The surety must be a family man residing within the jurisdiction of the court. He must own a landed property worth N100million.
The case was adjourned to February 22, 2016 for hearing.