Former Banker Shehu Aliyu and Wife Arraigned Over Alleged Fraud
Aliyu was arraigned on a five-count charge, while Ramatu was arraigned on a one-count charge.
The first defendant, Aliyu, an accounts officer in the bank, allegedly obtained loans through non-existent account holders, which he created by himself, purporting them to be staff of Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital (AKTH), Kano State, by presenting AKTH documents which turned out to have been forged.
Investigation further revealed that his wife’s account was used to deposit part of the loan sum.
Count one reads, “That you, Shehu Muhammad Aliyu, Baba Abba Sambo (now at large), Ramatu Abdullahi and Hadiza Sani (now at large) sometime in 2013 or thereabouts at Kano, Kano State, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court and with the intent to defraud, conspired among yourselves to do an illegal act to wit; obtaining money by false pretence and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 8(a) and punishable under Section 1(3) of Advance Fee Fraud and other related Offences Act 2006.”
They pleaded “not guilty” to the charges. Consequently, counsel for the EFCC, Zarami Mohammed, asked the court for a date for the commencement of trial.
Counsel for the defence, however, prayed the court to hear their bail applications.
Thereafter, Justice Saminu, granted the first defendant bail in the sum of N1 million with two reliable sureties in like sum.
The judge held that, “One of the sureties shall be a close relative of the defendant and should have a landed property within the jurisdiction of the court and should be covered by a Certificate of Occupancy.