Shari’ah Court Judges, Others Sent to Prison Over Alleged N500million Theft

Shari’ah Court Judges, Others Sent to Prison Over Alleged N500million Theft

  • The magistrate court in Kano state has given its final verdict regarding the alleged theft of about N500 million
  • In a fresh ruling on Wednesday, the court ordered the remand of three sharia judges and some judicial workers connected to the theft
  • The judges and their cohorts are accused of diverting N500 million meant for orphans, another report indicates

On Wednesday, January 18th, a chief magistrate court, Gyadi- Gyadi division in Kano state, ordered the remand of three Sharia Court Judges, and 12 other judicial workers at a correctional centre over alleged theft of about N500 million.

According to a report by The Guardian, they allegedly committed criminal conspiracy, joint act, criminal breach of trust by public servants, theft, and forgery.

Kano Chief Magistrate Court, Kano Sharia judges, registrars, workers
Sharia Court Judges in Kano land in prison over alleged N500 million theft. Photo credit: Kano State Government
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Their crime revealed

The offenses violated Sections 97, 79, 289, and 315 of the Penal Code, Laws of Northern Nigeria.

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The court's ruling

The judges and registrars who were arraigned before the magistrates’ court in the state allegedly diverted the N500 million meant for orphans.

Interestingly, at their arraignment on Wednesday, the 15 defendants pled not guilty to the charges and the counsel representing them applied for the court to admit them on bail, Daily Trust indicates.

Case adjourned

The trial magistrate, Mustapha Datti, adjourned the case to February 1, 2023, for hearing and ordered the remand of all the defendants in the correctional centre.

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