The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Wednesday arraigned Aisha Wakil, (aka Mama Boko Haram), before a Maiduguri High Court for alleged financial fraud to the tune of N66 million. Wakil, a lawyer, and wife to a Borno high court judge, was arraigned alongside Tahiru Daura.
Wakil and Daura were accused of using their non-governmental organisation, known as Complete Care and Aid Foundation, to execute the alleged crime by defrauding a supply company, AMTMAT Global Ventures, of N66 million. According to the charge sheet, Wakil, being the CEO/MD Total Care and Aid Foundation, and Dauda, her programme manager, were said to have “criminally” obtained processed bags grains worth N51 million from Ali Tijjani, the owner of AMTMAT Global Ventures and then refused to pay him for the service.
The duo is also being accused of causing Tijjani’s company to foot their foreign trip to Morocco with the promise of paying the N15 million bill, a promise they eventually breached. Both denied the allegation and pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge of conspiracy and cheating leveled against them.
The petitioner, Tijjani, had alleged that, on September 7, 2018, Complete Care and Aids Foundation awarded his company a contract to supply processed maize grain, worth N51 million. The plaintiff explained that Wakil took delivery of the supplied grains flour on behalf of the foundation. The complainer further added that his company “upon the request of the defendants equally processed and funded their trip to Morocco to the tune of N15million, a cost they refused to defray.
The federal government had during the early stages of the insurgency depended on her to negotiate backend deals with the Boko Haram. She had in 2012 led a group of hooded Boko Haram leaders to the Government House Maiduguri where they promised to broker peace between the government and the insurgents.