POINT OF SALEA Minna Senior Magistrate Court No 8 has ordered the remand of one Mohammed Idris Abdullahi to Minna Federal Correctional Centre for alleged impersonation and cheating.

The accused was arraigned by the operatives from the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCIID), of the Niger State Police Command, on three count charges which bordered on impersonating public servant, wearing dress or token used by military personnel and cheating.

 According to the Police prosecutor, Malam Abdullahi Maiyaki ASP, the offfences were punishable under sections, 132,133 and 322 of the penal code law.

The Police in the First Information Report made available in court and obtained by Newsline, explained that one Hamza Dahiru Usman of Bosso  Estate, Minna, and others jointly reported at the SCIID headquarters in Minna, that sometimes this year,2020, “that you Mohammed Idris Abubakar of Bosso area, Minna, came to their POS Business Centre and claimed to be a Soldier and you, Mohammed Idris Abubakar were wearing Army facemask and you fraudulently collected  various amounts of money in cash totaling about N1,988,000.00k, from all of the operators of the POS  Business Centres in various places within Minna and its environs. “During Police investigation, you confessed to the crime and it was revealed that you, Mohammed Idris Abubakar used the proceeds and purchased a Mercedes C180 model with California number: 5juzo74 metallic colour at the rate of N1.3m. “And it was also revealed that you are not a serving military personnel. You are hereby suspected to have committed the above mentioned offences”

 When the charges were read to him by the presiding senior Magistrate, Ummul kulthum Mohammed, he pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The prosecutor, ASP Abdullahi Maiyaki, he told the court that the Police are yet to complete their investigation and urged the court to remand him in the correctional facility pending the completion of investigation into the matter .

While objecting to the bail of the accused person, the prosecutor further told the court that the offences in which he was been charged is not ordinarily bailable, and urged the court not to grant him bail.

 At this point, his defence counsel, Barr. Mustapha Ahmed in an oral application, urged the court to grant him bail in pursuant to section 36 sub section 9 of the 1999 Constitution as amended, arguing that the accused is presumed innocent until the determination of the case in court.

 The case has been adjourned to 27th of September, 2020 when the application would be filed upon and ordered the remand of the accused in Correctional Facility in Minna.