From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau
Upper Sharia Court sitting in Maradun local government headquarters of Zamfara State presided over by Malam Ahmed Sulaiman has directed for the remand of three persons under Police custody for further investigation over alleged duping of number of people the sum of 2000 naira each with the impression to secure CBN loans for them under rice production programme.
The Prosecutor, Babangida Garba, earlier recited the 2-count charges which include Conspiracy and Cheating by Impersonation filed in by one Nasiru Sulaiman against the accused persons identified as Alhaji Aminu Gora, Shehu Abdullahi and Nura Muhammad Mai Damma before the court were punishable under sections 146 and 174 of the SCPC 2000.
Counsels to the defendants, Barrister Bashar Garba and Barrister A. Adam, prayed the court to disregard the charges, claiming that the FIR was initially twisted by the Police as their clients did not in anyway conspired and cheat any group of persons and or individual but, rather were legally engaged by a registered organization under Corporate Affairs Commission.
“The main objectives of the said organization which is in collaboration with a nonprofit making organization registered as YADIN BI YADIN were to serve as intermediary between Nigeria and the loan interesting farmers, and they only make deals with companies of small scale trades.
“Their duties were to compile names of loan interesting farmers with their BVN and phone numbers with a view to secure loans offered by the federal government through CBN to secure all needed farm inputs packages comprising fertilizer, seeds, sprayer, seeds sanitizer and funds which would be deposited directly into the beneficiaries banks accounts”, Barrister A. Adam has contended.
They further prayed for the court to put sections 300 (1) and 301 (2) into consideration where court Judges were conferred with power to grant their clients bail until the end of the case, adding that, the accused will neither jump the bail no they will commit any offence within the period mentioned.
The court adjourned the case to 24th August 2020 for further hearing and directed for the remand of the accused persons under Police custody.