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Man arraigned for ₦1m employment scam in Sokoto

Muhammad Shehu Dambuwa, has been arraigned before Justice Abubakar Adamu of the Sokoto State High Court by the Sokoto Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), for allegedly engaging in employment scam and cheating another.

The prosecution team in a statement on Thursday said Dambuwa is facing a one-count charge bordering on cheating to the tune of N1,000,000.00.

It further revealed that the suspect committed the offence sometimes in May 2022, by deceiving the victim to part with the said sum of money on exchange for an employment slot in Nigeria Ports Authority.

The charge against the suspect reads: “That you, Muhammad Shehu Dambuwa sometime in May, 2022 in Sokoto within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, with intent to defraud, did dishonestly induce one Usman Muhammad Maiturare to deliver to you the sum of N1,000,000.00 (One Million Naira) while misrepresenting that you had employment offers into the Nigerian Ports Authority to give to Usman Maiturare, a fact you knew was false and thereby committed an offence of cheating contrary to Section 310(1)(a) of the Sokoto State Penal Code Law 2019 and punishable under Section 311 of the same Act”.

When the charges were read to him, the defendant pleaded not guilty.

In view of his plea, P. A Attah, the prosecuting counsel, prayed the court to remand the defendant in a Correctional Centre and fix a date for commencement of trial.

Justice Adamu while admitted Dambuwa to bail in the sum of N5, 000,000 (Five Million Naira) with a surety in like sum.

He added that the surety must deposit a landed property document worth N10 million within the jurisdiction of the court.

The matter was then adjourned to June 8, for commencement of trial.

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