The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says it is making efforts to arrest Abdulsalam Zaura, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Kano central senatorial district, over alleged fraud.
According to TheCable, Ahmad Rogha, counsel to EFCC, said this on Monday while speaking with journalists at the federal high court in Kano.
In 2018, EFCC had arraigned Zaura, better known as A.A. Zaura, on a five-count charge bordering on fraud before a federal high court in Kano.
The anti-graft agency had accused Zaura of defrauding a Kuwaiti national by obtaining the sum of $1,320,000 under the pretext that he is in the business of building properties in Dubai, Kuwait, and other Arab countries.
In June 2020, Lewis Allagoa, the presiding judge, found the defendant not guilty and discharged him on all counts.
Dissatisfied with the judgment, the EFCC approached the court of appeal.
In April 2022, a court of appeal sitting in Kano ordered a fresh trial.
On Monday, the trial of Zaura was stalled because Mohammad Yunusa, the judge, was absent from court as he was said to be attending to other national issues outside Kano.
In the previous court sitting, the trial judge had ordered the EFCC to produce the accused person in court owing to the latter’s absence.
Speaking on the development, Rogha said the defendant was supposed to be in EFCC custody, adding that the agency will ensure he is in court at the next sitting.
“We are looking for Zaura and he will be arrested as soon as we find him,” he said.
“Ordinarily, he was supposed to be in our custody and the court has affirmed that. But I can assure you, he would be arrested and brought to court on the next adjourned date — 30th January, 2023.”