Four men, Bishir Nafiu (30);Hassan Husseini (40); Abubakar Sani (50) and Dahiru Ibrahim (35) have been remanded in a Katsina correctional facility for allegedly duping one Samaila Saidu N578,000.
They are to remain in the correctional facility until April 14, 2020 when their case comes up for mention at the Katsina Senior Magistrates’ court.
The four men, all from Katsina State, were charged with criminal conspiracy, cheating and obtaining money under false pretences.
The police said the charges were brought under sections 58 and 304 and punishable under sections 59 and 305 of the Katsina State Penal Code 2019 and punishable under Section 1 (3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other related offences Act,2006.
According to the police, the accused persons had on September 2019, approached Saidu and promised to help him “ make Nigerian and American currency”.
They allegedly defrauded him of N578,000.
Saidu, who resides at Fayama Quarters, Malumfashi, consequently reported the matter on January 16, 2020 at the Malumfashi Police Station, leading to the arrest of the accused persons.
The police said the accused persons, during interrogation, confessed to have defrauded Saidu of the said amount.
The police prosecutor, ASP Sani Ado, told the court during the arraignment on Tuesday that investigation was still in progress.
The prosecutor sought a new date when the case could come up for mention.
The presiding Magistrate, Hajiya Fadile Dikko, granted the request and adjourned the case till April 14,2020 for mention.
She directed that the four accused persons be remanded in the correctional facility till then.
Meanwhile, Nafiu and Husseini, are facing additional charges for allegedly being in possession of Nigerian and American currencies suspected to be counterfeit.
The police said 265 pieces of N1,000 notes and 13 pieces of 100 American dollars suspected to be counterfeit were recovered from them during investigation.
The duo were said to have claimed that they got the notes from one Tanimu of Dade Quarters, Abuja, who is now at large.
Nafiu and Husseini were separately charged under Section 5(a)(b) and (c) of the Counterfeit Currency ( Special Provision) Act, LFN, 2004.