- 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.
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.
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.
2023 elections: Court sentences YPP guber candidate to a 42-year jail term
Akpan's jail term was issued on Thursday, December 1, 2022, by the Federal High Court in Uyo, the state capital, through the presiding judge, Justice Agatha Okeke.
The federal lawmaker, who represents Akwa Ibom North-East, was convicted on six charges bordering on money laundering.
Anti-corruption group reacts to court suit against the minister of state for petroleum
Anti-corruption group, Citizens Initiative for Better Nigeria, on Wednesday, December 7, 2022, asked the minister of state for petroleum, Timipre Sylva to respond to the allegations against him in a recent lawsuit.
This came on the heels of a suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1563/2022 which was filed by the Incorporated Trustees of Transparency Advocacy for Development Initiative (TADI) against the minister.
The suit which has the Director-General, Department of State Services (DSS), Inspector-General of Police (IGP), and others as defendants, amongst other reliefs, accused the minister of identity theft, impersonation, and forgery.