22 December 2012

Nigeria: Sharia Court Revokes Bail to Marabout

The Kaduna Sharia Court II, Magajin Gari, yesterday revoked the bail granted a Marabout, Hambali Ahmad, 66, in a case of criminal breach of trust, conspiracy and cheating.

Ahmad and Nafiu Iliyasu, 33, were in court for misappropriating N1.56 million worth of telephone recharge cards belonging to one Ahmed Abdullahi of Ibrahim Taiwo road in Tudun Wada, Kaduna.

When the case was mentioned on Dec. 10, Ahmad had agreed to have collected N300,000 cash and another N380,000 worth of recharge cards from Iliyasu, the principal suspect.

The Marabout, who hailed from Duba village in Batsari Local Government, Katsina State, however changed his plea yesterday, claiming that the amount was payment for his professional services.

He claimed that the N680, 000 were payment for the "spiritual work" done for Iliyasu to enable him get married in 2008.

The prosecutor, Cpl. Bitrus Kwaji however countered the claim, reminding the court that the offence was committed in 2012.

He noted that the court had fixed this Friday for judgement and urged it to discountenance the submission of the accused person.

The judge, Malam Ibrahim Inuwa revoked bail granted to Ahmad on Dec. 10 "in view of the fact that you have now changed your plea."

The judge set a new bail condition for the Marabout, who was ordered to produce a surety residing in Kaduna with verifiable fixed asset.

Inuwa adjourned the case to January, 17, 2013.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the principal accused person in the case, Iliyasu, had been in prison custody since Dec. 10 for failure to meet bail conditions.


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