Court Remands Woman In Correctional Facility Over Alleged Fraud In Kano

A Kano State High Court on Tuesday remanded a middle-aged woman Hasiya Bala in the custody of Nigeria Correctional Service facility over alleged misappropriation and diversion of 36 million naira.

The Plaintiff in the suit, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned the woman before Justice Rabiu Sadiq on a two-count charge.

The EFCC said the 35 million naira belonged to one Hadiza Sanusi, while one million belong to one Zainab Abbas.

According to the charged sheet, the defendant allegedly collected the sum of N36,000,000 (Thirty-Six Million Naira) only from the complainant one Hadiza Inna Sanusi under the guise that the said money was an investment in Galaxy Investment Package but instead misappropriated diverted the money to her personal use.

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Count one of the charge read that “You Asiya Bala Aliyu sometime between May and August 2018 with intent to defraud, dishonestly misappropriated the sum of N35,000,000 (Thirty-Five Million Naira) only belonging to one Hadiza Inna Sanusi and you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 308 and punishable under section 309 of the Penal Code Law.“

Counsel for the plaintiff, EFCC, Barr. Musa Isa told the court that the offence is contrary to section 308 and punishable under section 309 laws of Kano state.

In her submission, the defendant pleaded not guilty to charges.

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Counsel representing the defendant Khalid Kashim Njidda moved bail application for his client but the EFCC Counsel opposed the application and requested the court for an adjournment to enable him to file a counter-affidavit.

Consequently, the defence counsel prayed the court to remand the defendant in EFCC custody, citing ill health of the defendant, but Barr Musa Isah opposed the prayer again and Justice Sadiq upheld his objection.

The matter was then adjourned to 12th March 2020 for hearing of the bail application and 19th March 2020 for the commencement of trial.


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