By Abdulgafar Oladimeji
A 32 year-old Pakistani national, Mohammed Rizuan has been docked before a Kano Chief Magistrate’s Court No 10 sitting at No-man’s-land for allegedly defrauding his Nigerian counterpart.
The police in its deposition said the defendant defrauded his victim of the sum of N6million.
Police prosecutor, Inspector Umar Mukthar stated that the accused person conspired with one Abdulgafar Nadi to execute the fraud.
The duo obtained textile materials valued at N6 million from Ibrahim Muazam, the court heard.
The police further alleged that the defendants sold off the textile materials and absconded from Kano to their home country, Pakistan.
Inspector Mukthar vehemently objected to the release of the defendant on bail, though he admitted that bail is at the discretion of the court.
The prosecution alleged that the accused person had severally declined to honour police invitations, stating that security operatives had to track the defendants to Lagos, from where he arrested and brought them to Kano to face prosecution.
The accused persons denied the allegation levied against him.
Counsel to the defendants, Barrister Abdullahi Musa Karaye prayed the court to admit them on bail.
The defense counsel submitted that the continuous detention of the defendants would send wrong signals to prospective foreign investors, at a time Nigeria is yelling for foreign investors.
In her ruling, the presiding Chief Magistrate, Hajiya Mariam Sabo ordered that the defendants be released on bail in the sum of N2million.The amount should be deposited in cash with the court registry, the judge directed.
The court further ordered the Pakistani businessman to produce two reliable sureties in like sum of N2million each, one of the surety must be a company director.