Usman faced a one-count charge, bordering on obtaining goods by false pretence.
The convict who hails from Adamawa approached the owner of Fusaha Stores, operating in Gombe on the pretence that he was a wealthy businessman from Adamawa State.
By the end of their discussion, Usman had convinced Fusaha Stores owner to supply him large quantities of goods.
The goods included: Gezina, already-made agbada, lace materials, wrappers, native caps, assorted perfumes, shoes, wristwatches, GSM recharge cards and telephone handsets, all of which amounted toN10, 435,000,000.00 (Ten Million, Four Hundred and Thirty-five Thousand Naira)only.
Following his request, he was also given$5000 (Five Thousand US Dollar) equivalent of Nigerian currency, calculated at the rate of N367 per dollar, which translated to N1, 835,000.00.
With the goods loaded for him in his vehicle, he sped away, escaping through Alkaleri on his way to Bauchi.
He was, however, arrested on Bauchi Road by the officers of the 33 Artllery, Nigeria Army Corps Artillery, Shadawanka Barracks, Bauchi, following intelligence report and handed over the to EFCC, Gombe Zonal Office for further investigation.
He was arraigned on June, 27 2018 by the Commission before Justice Jauro of on one-count charge to which he pleaded not guilty. He was remanded in prison and later got bail.
His trial began on July 9, 2018 with prosecution counsel A.Y. Muntaka calling five witnesses against him and tendering relevant documents to prove his case. Muntaka closed the case on the April 16, 2019.