Charity Workers Arrested Over N55m Diverted Funds Meant for Cancer Patient

Two charity workers have been charged with receiving more than N55.8 million under the guise of assisting victims of medical problems.

Michael and Martha Daniel Yusuf, siblings, were charged with eight counts in Kaduna on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, over a month after they were apprehended.

The two Charity workers were accused of collecting donations for sick people, including cancer patients, through MYM123CARE, an unregistered medical and empowerment NGO, only to redirect the cash for personal use.

“Millions of Naira were deposited into the account through bank transfers and cash deposits. Instead of using the money to help the cancer patient, the defendants diverted it “The court was informed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The offence breached Section 8 (a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006, according to the anti-graft agency, and is penalized under Section 1 (3) of the same Act.

During their court appearance, the siblings pleaded not guilty to the charges leveled against them.

Justice Hannnatu Balogun granted Martha’s motion for bail, releasing her on a guarantee of means, but remanded Michael in detention pending trial.

The judge stated that there is insufficient evidence to show that if the accused is released, he will not jump bail or tamper with evidence in the case.

The court also charged Ali Felix, Samuel Kabir Daniel, KITE ICT Hub Limited, and Femi Obasaju, however they are all still at large.

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