The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) said it has arrested a former Kano State High Court Judge, Justice Kabiru Auta, for an alleged N220 million fraud.
According to a statement attributed to the commission’s spokesperson, Mrs Rasheedat Okoduwa, the High Court judge was arrested on Tuesday an invitation from the commission over an allegation of criminal conspiracy, cheating, and forgery.
Spokesperson of the commission, Mrs Rasheedat Okoduwa, disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday.
Auta is said to have allegedly conspired with some other persons to defraud a Kano businessman named Alhaji Bashir Yakasai of N220 million.
The spokesperson revealed that the case was referred to the commission after it had been reported to the National Judicial Council which constituted a committee to investigate the allegations.
She added: “The amount involved had been fraudulently obtained from Yakasai by Auta and his accomplice, Bashir Sufi, on the pretext that they were acting on behalf of the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Aloma Mukhtar.
“Auta in his statement to the Commission disclosed that he made a part repayment of N20 million to Yakasai during the course of the matter,” she said.
Auta has been released on administrative bail while further investigations are being carried out.