The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on November 26, 2012, arraigned Bashir Ahmed on a nine count criminal charge for allegedly defrauding one Alhaji Saidu Hashim to the tune of N37, 000,000.00 (Thirty Seven Million Naira) before Justice Marcel Awokulehin of the Federal High Court sitting in Kaduna.
One of the nine count charge reads, “that you, Bashir Ahmed (alias Muhammed Bashir Kanuri) (M) on or the 28thof April, 2008 in Kaduna within the Judicial Division of the Federal High Court did with intent to defraud, induced one Saidu Hashim to deposit the sum of N3, 000,000.00 (Three Million Naira) into account No: 3126279071590 operated in the name of Mohammed Bashir Kanuri with GTB Plc under the false pretences that the money was for spiritual prayer in Nigeria and Saudi Arabia for prosperity of his Bureau de Change and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section (1) (b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud related Offences Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act”.
When the charges were read to Ahmed he pleaded not guilty. EFCC counsel, Aso Larry Peters applied for a date for trial to commence and urged the court to remand the accused in prison custody since no bail application had been filed.
Defence Counsel, Yahaya D. Dangana acknowledged that he was yet to file the bail application as he said that he needed time to do so; he therefore prayed the court for an adjournment. While adjourning the case till December 5, 2012, the judge ruled that the accused be detained in prison custody pending the formal application for his bail.
Investigation leading to the arraignment of Ahmed followed a petition dated December 23, 2008, from the Association of Creditors of Amjigar Bureau De Change based in Kaduna detailing fraud of over $18.6 million.
The $18.6 million represented the total sum the fifty two (52) customers of Alhaji Saidu Hashim, sometimes between July and August 2008, gave him for the purpose of foreign exchange (forex) trading.
However proof of about N37million was uncovered against Ahmed during investigation.