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Sokoto commodity board director remanded in jail over job scam

The Sokoto Division of the Federal High Court on Wednesday ordered that a director in the Sokoto State Commodity Board, Hassan Bello, be remanded in prison custody for N1.3 million employment scam.

Justice Ahmad Mahmud gave the order following a not-guilty plea to advance free fraud entered by Mr Bello.

The judge adjourned the case until October 4 for a hearing in the bail application and trial.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) prosecution counsel, Hanafi Sa’ad, told the court that the defendant committed the offence in August 2021.

Mr Bello, the director of administration in the board, was said to have collected the money from Aliyu Adamu-Tsaki, Yusuf Abubakar and Yahaya Salihu in the presence of Dahiru Muhammad in Sokoto.

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The EFCC alleged that the defendant presented fake letters of employment to the victims.

The defence counsel, Aminu Mustapha, filed a motion for bail on behalf of the accused.

The EFCC counsel requested time to respond to the application because he was only served in court.

(NAN)

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