Suleiman Farouq, a Kaduna State government civil servant was arraigned for allegedly defrauding 15 job seekers of N3.2million.
Mr Farouq, 33, was arraigned on Tuesday before a Kaduna Chief Magistrates Court and is charged with fraud.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Prosecution Counsel, Inspector Chidi Leo told the court that the matter was reported to the State Criminal and Investigative Department via a letter of complaint on March 20.
Mr Leo alleged that the defendant claimed to be an agent for the State Internal Revenue Service, and promised the job seekers 15 employment slots.
The prosecutor stated that the defendant convinced them to give him N213, 000 each to secure employment for them.
The police told the court that the defendant failed to give them the job and did not return their money.
The prosecutor Mr Farouq committed an offense that contravened the provisions of Section 138 of the Penal Code Law Kaduna State, 2017.
However, the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge.
The counsel to the defendant, Mr Bala Nasiru, prayed the court to admit his client to bail in the most liberal terms/
Magistrate Ibrahim Emmanuel admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.
Emmanuel held that the sureties must be gainfully employed and must show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Kaduna State Government.
He adjourned the case until July 4 for a hearing.
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