A deputy director of the Sokoto State Scholarship Council (SSSB), Mohammad Yusuf, was indicted before the Sokoto State Supreme Court.
Yusuf was indicted before Judge Muhammad Muhammad for alleged forgery on Thursday by the Independent Commission on Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses (ICPC).
He was charged with three counts for allegedly signing and issuing false letters of patronage to three students who used it to obtain UK entry visas from the British High Commission in Abuja.
The offense is said to be contrary to and punishable under Section 19 of the 2000 Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Act.
ICPC prosecuting attorney Mashkur Salisu told the court that the accused, who is acting as deputy director in charge of SSSB’s International Student Affairs, deliberately made a false statement to a British High Commissioner official through misleading documents.
According to him, the offense also violates Section 25 (1) (b) and is punishable under Section 25 (1) (b) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses Act, 2000.
One of the accusations read: “That you Muhammad Buhari Yusuf in September 2018 or near Sokoto, under the jurisdiction of this Court, with the intention of causing harm to the public, forged a letter of sponsorship from Sokoto State scholarships and you accordingly, he committed an offense contrary to Section 348 and punishable under Section 349 of the Sokoto Penal Law Code, 2019. ”
The defendant, however, pleaded not guilty to all preferred charges against him.
The defense councils, Nuhu Aminu and Faruk Abdullahi, prayed to the court to grant bail to their client in liberal terms.
The ICPC lawyer did not object to the bail request.
He, however, asked the court to grant bail with reasonable guarantees that would guarantee the accused’s presence at his trial.
Judge Muhammad, from then on, granted the defendant bail of N100,000 and a guarantee that must be at Level 15 in the Sokoto State Public Service with land ownership.
He also suspended the case until March 12 for the hearing to begin.