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Fake Sharia court judge remanded over N10.6m fraud in Kano

A civil servant in Kano, Auwalu Muhammad Rabi’u, 42, has been arraigned and subsequently remanded in a correctional centre for allegedly parading himself as a Shari’ah…

A civil servant in Kano, Auwalu Muhammad Rabi’u, 42, has been arraigned and subsequently remanded in a correctional centre for allegedly parading himself as a Shari’ah court judge and collecting N10.6 million from one Jamilu Muhammad.

According to the police First Information Report (FIR), the defendant, a resident of Dorayi Babba Quarters in Gwale LGA, Kano Metropolis, sometime in Feb. 2022 allegedly paraded himself as a Shari’a court judge and dishonestly collected the sum N10,650,000 from the complainant (Jamilu Muhammad) on the pretext of selling to him plots of land.

He is said to have breached the trust reposed in him and dishonestly appropriated the money for his own personal use.

The prosecution told the court that Rabiu allegedly committed the offences bordering on criminal breach of trust, cheating, criminal misappropriation and false personation, contrary to sections 312, 302, 309 and 179 of the Penal Code Law.

When the content of the FIR was read over to the defendant by Police Inspector, Suleiman Sanusi, who held the brief of Barrister Aliyu Yusuf Kabara of the Kano State Ministry of Justice, the defendant pleaded not guilty.

The presiding judge, Mallam Ibrahim Sarki Yola, ordered the remand of the defendant and adjourned the case to February 28, 2023 for mention.

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