The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday, Monday 22nd October, 2018 arraigned a Babalawo One Ishak Abubakar popularly known as Mai Rakumi, before honorable Justice Lewis Allagoa of the Federal High Court Kano on four count charge bordering on possession fake USA Dollars.
He was arrested by a team of NDLEA operatives during a raid conducted at his residence located at number 2230 Goron Dutse area of kano state. During the raid, 176 pieces of of one hundred denomination of fake American Dollars was found.
Another sum of N75, 000.00 (Seventy Five Thousand Naira) only, 2 international passports, five GSM phones and one digital radio were recovered.
After interim investigation, the NDLEA officers handed the defendant over to the EFCC in view of the fact that his offence was financial crime in nature.
In the course of investigation into the activities of the defendant, the EFCC operatives discovered that he is a popular native doctor who engages in Babalawo activities in Kano.
Before the plea of the defendant could be read, prosecution counsel, Samuel Chime informed the court that there was an application before the court for plea bargain as guided by the Administration of criminal Justice Act 2015.
Subsequently both counsels met and adopted the terms and condition as contained in the plea bargain agreement.
Consequently, prosecution counsel applied orally for the striking out of count 3 and 4 and urge the court to read court 1 and 2 to the defendant for the purpose of his plea.
After listening to the charge, Mai-Rakumi pleaded guilty to the two count charge. The facts of the case were reviewed and being fully satisfied with the outcome, Justice Allagoa adjourned the matter to November 8, 2018 for judgment and sentence.
One of the charge read that “you Abubakar Ishaq on or about 11th October 2017 at Kano within the Kano judicial division of the federal high court, had in your possession 146 pieces of counterfeit and 100 United State of American Dollars Bills each with serial number HL21189273F knowing same to be counterfeit and thereby committed an offence contrary to to section 5 (1)(b) of the counterfeit (currency special provision) Act. and punishable under section 5 of the Act