The Bauchi State Police Command has detained four persons for alleged forgery and fraud.
This was confirmed in a news release distributed to journalists in Bauchi by SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO).
Wakil said: “On 06/09/2022, at about 1630hrs one Samira Jibrin, female, a next of kin to Jibrin Adamu, male of Zalanga, Ganjuwa LGA, who worked with Bauchi State Ministry of Finance until his death on 02/12/2021, reported that she went to process her father’s benefit at Bauchi Ministry of Finance but discovered that the benefit of her late father had been processed and withdrawn using forged documents by some persons.”
Following the report, the detective attached to A’ Divisional Police Headquarters swung into action and conducted a preliminary investigation, which revealed that “one Nasiru Samaila’m’, aged 48yrs, a staff of Bauchi State Ministry of Finance, conspired with three others namely, Auwal Jibrin’m’, aged 27yrs of the ministry of finance Tijjani Mohammad male, aged 27yrs of state low-cost Bauchi.”
Faruq Mohammad Nasiru, a 19-year-old IT student from ATAB Abubakar Tatari Polytechnic attached to the Ministry of Finance on industrial attachment, “selfishly and mercilessly forged documents and accessed the sum of three hundred and thirty-two thousand N332,000 naira belonging to the deceased and converted it to their personal use, sharing the benefit among themselves,” according to the release.
Investigation revealed that the said Nasiru Samaila, who used his 17 years of ministry expertise and concocted the heinous notion of faking documents to claim the deceased’s benefit at the expense of the worthy next of kin, received the sum of N212,000.00.
All of the suspects detained for fraud admitted to playing an active role in the crime.
Auwal Jibril, a serving staff member of the said ministry, received one hundred thousand nairas (N100,000.00) as his share, while Tijjani Mohammed, a cybercafé operator, and Faruq Mohammed, an IT student from Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic attached to the said Ministry, received twenty thousand nairas (N20,000.00) (N20,000.00).
The suspects were found to be in possession of three hundred and twenty thousand naira (N320,000.00).
The case was charged in court by the Commissioner of Police.
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