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PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc is not enjoying the best of times presently.  www.theoctopusnews.com, can attribute this development to a case by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission against Madu Garba, a storekeeper with PZ Cussons Nigeria Plc employed at the Yola, Adamawa State depot.

Madu Garba, who was brought before Justice Bilikisu Aliyu of the Federal High Court, Yola was arraigned on a two counts charge of defrauding the company through fictitious invoicing to the tune of N8.5m. A statement by the EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, on Monday said his arraignment followed a petition by PZ.

Uwujaren said investigation revealed that Madu Garba used the invoice of two distributors, Yalisco Electrical Services and Gassol and Sons Limited, to cover up some missing goods in PZ Cussons warehouse where he was a storekeeper, thereby defrauding his employers.

The charges read in part, “That you Madu Garba, being a store keeper at PZ Cussons Nigeria Limited, sometimes in September 2009 in Yola Adamawa State, within the jurisdiction of this court, Federal High Court of Nigeria, did take several electronic goods worth N4,027,090 by fraudulently using the account of Yalisco Electrical Services Limited, a customer, without his knowledge and converted the goods for your own use, thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 383 (1)of the Criminal Code Act, Cap C38, laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (LFN) 2004 and punishable under Section 390 (9) of the same Act.”  The accused pleaded not guilty to the charge, a development which prompted the prosecution counsel, Abubakar Aliyu, to ask for commencement of trial.  The court remanded the accused person in prison till November 21, 2013 when trial will commence.

We put a call through to Mr Yomi Ifaturoti the corporate affairs director, of PZ, but we did not get his response until press time.

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