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Court set to adopts written addresses a case between financial institution against commissioner.


Umar Abdullahi, jos

Justice S. J Bukur, the presiding Judge of the high court seating in Langtang, plateau state has described as unusual the manner in which the low land micro finance bank had carried out the controversial transactions with the plateau state commissioner for special duties, Hon. Dr. Hitler Dadi.

The management of the low land Micro finance bank in Langtang has dragged Hon. Dr. Hitler Dadi to court for allegedly defrauding the  Bank with the sum of well over N1.7m while serving as the council chairman of Langtang south local government area of plateau state.    

Witnesses were presented to the court in support of the arguments that the accused person actually carried out the transactions with the bank prompting the court to open window for self defense.       

However, when Hon. Dr. Hitler Dadi appeared in Court personally to defend the allegations, the atmosphere became glaring that there were lapses on both parties, to a large extend that the most controversial aspect that the accused also collected N600,000 became silent.   

Hon. Dr. Hitler Dadi told the court that he remembered of collecting N300,000 from the bank officially, but the N20,000 also mentioned to have been collected from the MD of the Bank on personal ground.

On cross examination by the counsel to the Bank, Bar. Abbah approached Hon. Dr. Hitler Dadi to convinced the court on how he came to know the bank.

Hon. Dr. Hitler Dadi responded to the court that, on October, 2009 when he became the local government Chairman of Langtang south, he was not aware that the local government had an account with the bank, but later cost the account to be opened.

According to him, "I was informed by the MD that he has opened an account for me and I issue a N1m GTbank undated cheque on the technical ground that I must credit my account before I will mandate to dated the cheque". 

"As at the time the cheque was presented the account was not funded to clear the overdraft sum which I gave the cheque as security. But on the same month I was suspended as the Local government chairman I gave my son N200,000. To pay to the bank and shortly after the matter was take to the court I paid the remaining balance".

He said after he had paid some of the money he was expectantly that the bank will honourably returned the cheque to him, but did not. 

He also said that as a banker too, he was aware that it is a common knowledge that over draft facilities attack interest, stressing that if he were to pay any interest whatsoever, it will be within the N100,000 that was not paid instantly.

Having listened to the arguments from both defendant and the plaintiff's counsel who took much of the time on why the transactions were done without proper documentation was due to the influence of the accused, the judge intervened by asking the plaintiff's counsel to shift attention from the technicalities but face the bases on ground.

As according to the judge, "the transaction was unusual to banks' transactions" as the one entered into between Micro finance. Bank and Hitler Dadi.

Having exhausted, counter claims and defences, the defendant' counsel Bar. Samchi applied for the discharge of the witness, Dr. Dadi and applied for adoption, where the court adjourns to July, 27th 2017 for counsels to both parties to file in the  adoption of written addresses and await the decision of the court in the matter.

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