Man Arrested in Bauchi After Swindling 20 Policemen Out of N4.08 Million

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Shirhabil Abubakar, a man, has been charged with cheating 20 active police officers out of N4.08 million in Bauchi state’s Chief Magistrate’s Court.

Police prosecutor Inspector Yusuf Usman testified in court that Abubakar, who is from Soro Village in Ganjuwa Local Government Area of the State, went to the police divisional headquarters in Ningi Local Government Area while posing as a staff and payroll officer of the Links and Mutual Microfinance Bank. The case was heard before Chief Magistrate Haruna Abdulmumin.

He applied and sought various sums after deceptively publicizing the bank’s instant lending policy to 20 police officers assigned to the Division, providing all required information to his accomplice Umar M Nasir.

Usman stated: “After Abubakar distributed the excess funds, he now called the offices and said that a technical error had occurred. He requested that they return the excess funds to a few specific accounts, claiming that the owners of those accounts are their payroll officers.

According to a report in The Nation, the prosecutor named the police officers who were defrauded of the money paid to Abubakar as follows: Elisha Simon, Ahmed Hassan, Shehu Baba, Abubakar Ibrahim, Shuaibu Mohammed, Mohammed Musa, Abdullahi Mohammed, and Mona James. Elisha Simon received a N333,000 fine, Ahmed Hassan a N370,000 fine, N229,000 for Shehu Baba, and N195,000 for

Others include Halilu Mohammed for N206,000, Mohammed Zangi for N70,000, Yusuf Abdullahi for N59,000, Dahiru Abubakar for N137,000, Nuhu Maaruf for N276,250, Abubakar Bello for N92,000, Yakubu Victor for N83,000, Garba Isah for N409,000, Alex A. for N212,000, Ayuba Samson for N153,000, Nasiru Inuwa for N

The offense violates Sections 1(a)(b)(2) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Related Offenses, 2006 of the FRN as well as Sections 27(C)(1)(2)(3)(4), (b)(5), 20, 22, and 13 of the Cybercrime Prohibition, Prevention CTC Act, 2015.

The prosecutor requested time to consult with counsel after the accused responded in the yes to the presiding Magistrate Mamman’s question about whether he understood the case against him.

The accused was then ordered to be remanded in a penitentiary facility by the magistrate.

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