A director at the Sokoto State Commodity Board, Hassan Bello, has been remanded in a correctional centre over an alleged N1.3 million job scam.
Bello was arraigned before the Federal High Court sitting in Sokoto on Wednesday on one count-charge bordering on fraud by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
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The Prosecution Counsel, Mr Hannafi Sa’ad, noted that the accused committed the offence sometime in August 2021.
Bello, who is the Director of Administration in the board, was said to have collected the money from Aliyu Adamu-Tsaki, Yusuf Abubakar and Yahaya Salihu in the presence of one Dahiru Muhammad in Sokoto.
The accused person also reportedly presented false letters to the victims which were later discovered to be fake and non-existent.
However, the Defense Counsel, Mr Aminu Mustapha, filed a motion for bail application on behalf of his client but the prosecution counsel sought for more time to study it before filing a counter affidavit.
The trial judge, Justice Ahmad Mahmud, adjourned the case to October 4, 2022 to hear the motion for bail application as well as continue the case.
He ordered the accused person to be remanded in a correctional center in the state until the adjourned date.