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Justice Suleiman Baba Na-Malam of the Kano State High Court on Thursday, July 13, 2023 convicted and sentenced one  Salihu Zakari to six months imprisonment on a one-count charge of forgery.

The convict was arraigned alongside one Ado Musa for allegedly conniving and defrauding innocent victims under the guise of securing employment for them at the Kano State Senior Secondary School Board, K.S.S.M.B.

The charge reads, “That you, Ado Musa and Salihu Zakari sometime between March 2022  and June 2022, at Kano within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud presented a forged document to wit; Offer of Employment by the Kano State Senior Secondary Schools Management Board (K.S.S.M.B) which you used to obtain the sum of N1,650,000,00.  only from Messrs. Bello Abdul Hamid Abubakar, Sunusi Adamu, Kabir Musa Abdullahi, Ibrahim Ahmad Abdullahi, Abdullahi Muhammad Warba, Yahaya Said Hayatu, under the false pretense that the sum was for securing employment at Government Secondary School Makoda, and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 366 of The Penal Code.”

Zakari pleaded guilty to the charge. In view of his plea, counsel for the prosecution, Aisha Tahar Habib prayed the court to convict him accordingly. At the same time, Habib requested a trial date in respect of Ado Musa who pleaded ‘not guilty’. Consequently, Justice Na-Malam sentenced Zakari to six months imprisonment with an option of N100,000 (One Hundred Thousand Naira) fine. In respect of Musa, the court remanded him in Kano Correctional Facility till October 4, 2023 when the trial will commence.

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