Sharia Court detains Judges, cashier, others over 500m theft
A cashier for the Kano State Sharia Court Division, Hussaina Imam, and 14 other people, including judges and registrars, were arraigned and remanded in custody on Wednesday night for allegedly committing offenses that included theft, forgery, criminal conspiracy, joint act, criminal breach of trust by public servants, and forgery.
Sections 97, 79, 315, and 289 of the Penal Code Law were violated by the offenses.
The prosecution attorney, Zaharaddeen Mata, requested permission from the court to read the defendants the contents of the First Information Report during the case’s appearance before Chief Magistrate Mustapha Sa’ad Datti on Wednesday.
This request was made in accordance with Section 129(7) of the Kano State Administration of Criminal Justice Law 2019.
On 20th August, 2021 an official complaint was received at the Kano State Public Complain and Anti-Corruption Commission from Kano State ministry of justice, that sometimes ago in the year 2020/2021 you Bashir Ali Kurawa “M”, Saadatu Umar “f”, Tijjani Abdullahi “m”, Maryam Jibrin Garba “f”, Shamsu Sani “m” and you Hussaina Iman “f” you committed an offence of criminal conspiracy in which you Hussaina Imam used your official position as cashier in the Kano State Sharia Court of Appeal and conspired with the aforementioned persons and one Suleiman “m” (now at large) and forged the letterhead papers/sheets of Sharia Court of Appeal, forged the signatures of the two signatories to the Stanbic IBTC bank account 0020667440 belonging to Kano State Sharia Court of Appeal and stole money to the tune of four hundred and eighty four million, sixty seven thousand, three hundred and twenty seven naira and seven Kobo (N484,067,327:07) by fraudulently authorising the bank to transfer the said amount to various bank accounts without the knowledge and/or consent of the authorised body/persons.
To the allegations, EmergencyDigest reported that each defendant entered a not-guilty plea.
In the meantime, their legal counsel requested that the court admit the defendants on bond.
Garzali Datti Ahmad, Sani Yakubu Ibrahim, Mubarak Mai Wada, Bashir Ahmad, and Mustapha Hussein encouraged the court to use its jurisdiction in a just and prudent manner in their respective submissions.
They claimed that the application was submitted in accordance with Sections 35 and 36 of the Federal Republic of Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution (as amended) and Sections 168 and 172 of Kano’s 2019 Administration of Criminal Justice Law.
The trial Magistrate Mustapha Sa’ad Datti ordered the defendants to remain in custody and postponed the case’s hearing until February 1, 2023.