Posted on Thu 16 Nov 2017, 03:56 AM

A former Kano state High Court Judge, Justice Kabiru Auta has been arrested by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for an alleged N220 million fraud.

Mrs Rasheedat Okoduwa, Spoesperson for the commission in a statement on Wednesday confirmed that the suspect was on Tuesday detained when he honoured an invitation by the commission over allegations of criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery.

Justice Auta allegedly conspired with other persons to defraud one Alhaji Bashir Yakasai, a Kano businessman of N220 million.

“The matter was referred to the commission after it had been reported to the National Judicial Council which had constituted a committee to investigate the allegations.

“The amount involved had been fraudulently obtained from Yakasai by Auta and his accomplice, Bashir Sufi, on the pretext that they were acting on behalf of the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Aloma Mukhtar.

“Auta in his statement to the Commission disclosed that he made a part repayment of N20 million to Yakasai during the course of the matter,”

Okodua however confirmed that while further investigation continues into the matter, the suspect has been released on administrative bail. 

 

By Joseph Odeh

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