magistrate courtBy Uthman Siraja

Police authority in Minna, the Niger state capital, has arraigned one Mohammed Ndanusa, a staff of the Niger State Ministry of Health and Hospital Services, before a Minna Chief Magistrate Court No2.

The suspect, who specializes in the business of issuing fake appointment letters and forged credentials to unsuspecting applicants, was earlier arrested by the operatives of the Special Investigation and Intelligence Bureau (SIIB), of the Niger State police command at the ongoing screening exercise of the Niger State civil Service.

The Chairman of the state civil service screening committee, who is also the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructural Development, Engr Mohammed Ibrahim Panti, has ordered for his arrest at the ongoing screening exercise when he presented forged credentials and fake appointment letters of the Ministry Health of a level 04 officer bearing the name of one Abubakar Aliyu who now enjoys the rank of level 13 which enabled him fraudulently embezzled the sum of over five million Naira cash.

Mohammed Ndanusa is standing trial before the Minna Chief Magistrate Court No2 on three count charges which border on criminal conspiracy, impersonation and forgery.

According to the police prosecutor, Abdullahi Maiyaki ASP, the offences are punishable under section 97,132 and 364 of the penal code.

He was said to have committed the offences during the civil servants screening exercise in Minna when one Mohammed Ibrahim Panti reported the matter to the B Divisional Police Command, Paiko Road, in Minna.

“That on the same date at about 100hrs during the Niger State Civil Servants Salary Screening exercise, it was discovered that sometimes in the month of April, 2009, you, Mohammed  Ndanusa, of the Niger State Ministry of Health and Hospital Services, forged letter of appointment of a level 04 staff in the Ministry of Health, bearing the name of Abubakar Aliyu and now in the rank of level 13, which enable you Mohammed Ndanusa to embezzled the (N5,100,000) Five Million Naira one hundred Thousand.

On the screening date of August 24, 2020, you Mohammed Ndanusa, forged credentials and conspired with your  younger brother, Tanimu Ndanusa, of Barikin Sale area of Minna, (now at large), and appeared before the screening exercise to claim the appointment letter and you were caught instantly. During police investigation, you both confessed to the crime.” 

When the charge was read to him by the presiding chief Magistrate, Hajiya Hauwa Baba Yusuf, he pleaded not guilty to some of the charges, and admitted part of the charges.

 At this point, the police prosecutor, Abdullahi Maiyaki ASP told the court that the police are yet to complete investigation into the matter and he requested the court to  remand him at the Correctional Centre to enable the police continue with investigations.

While granting the request of the prosecutor, Hajiya Hauwa Baba then ordered for his remand in Correctional facility and adjourned the case to October 15, 2020 for further mention.