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Alleged N4bn grant for KASCO: Kano court permits father, son bail

À Kano High Court number 4, ,sitting at Audu Bako Secretariat, presided over by Justice Usman Na’abba, has granted administrative bail to the former Managing Director of Kano Agricultural Supply Company Limited (KASCO), Bala Muhammad Inuwa and his son, Inuwa Mohammed, who are dragged to court with four others by the Kano State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission (PCACC), over their alleged involvement in the diversion of over N4 billion granted to the company by the Kano State government.

Justice Na’abba, however, granted the former KASCO boss bail on self-recognition, while his son, Inuwa Mohammed, was granted bail with the sum of N10 million or a surety in like sum.

The judge, while delivering his judgment, said the bail application was granted to the former KASCO Managing Director on self-recognition.

When the case came up for hearing on Tuesday, the defense counsel, Prof. Nasiru Aliyu (SAN), told the court that it was wrong for the court to hear and entertain the charge filed by the PCACC on the grounds that there was a court judgment that prevented the PCACC from filing any charges or investigating any case that centered around financial crimes, already on appeal.

Justice Na’abba, however, adjourned the case to August 22 for further hearing.

But it will be recalled that the former Managing Director of KASCO, Bala Inuwa Mohammed, and four others were charged in court on a 10-count charge of diversion and misappropriation of over N4 billion in grants from the Kano State government.

PCACC accused the respondents of diverting over N4 billion made for KASCO into their private accounts and those of their accomplices.

Other respondents in the 10-count charge are Bala Inuwa Muhammad; Mrs. Halima Bala Inuwa; Najib Lawan Muhammad, and the Incorporated Trustees of the Association of Compassionate Friends.

The respondents are to be arraigned on criminal breach of trust, criminal misappropriation, and making false statements (and) or returns contrary to the Penal Code, Public Complaints, and Anti-Corruption Commission laws of Kano State.

The 10-count charges were preferred under Sections 121 (1), 123 (1)(a), and 126 (b) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law (2019).

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