By Abdulgafar Oladimeji
The Kano police command has arrested one 38 years old man named Buhari Hassan, resident of Sauna quarters in Kano metropolis for allegedly defrauding cotton farmers to the tune of N8 million.
The police alleged that Buhari had recruited his victims under the pretext to provide the farmers with Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN cotton loans and tractors to boost their productivity output.
The state police command confirmed that the suspect was arrested on the 3oth of august at about 1500hrs in Kano.
The spokesman Kano police command, Dsp Abullahi Haruna Kiyawa alleged that the suspect is in police net, he said the command received information from a credible source alleging that one Buhari Hassan, ‘m’, 38 years old of Sauna Kawaji Quarters, Nassarawa LGA Kano was posing as an agent of National Cotton Association of Nigeria an affiliate of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Anchor Borrower Programme to defraud unsuspecting members of the public through the use of forged documents.
Kiyawa further added that the Commissioner of Police, Kano State Command, CP Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko, fsi, had instructed a team of Policemen led by SP Shehu Dahiru to investigate and arrest suspected persons connected with the fraudulent dealings.
Dsp Kiyawa said “ The team immediately swung into action and arrested the suspect at Yankaba Quarters, Kano, after he had swindled Muttaka Muhammad, ‘m’, Lawal Mohammed, ‘m’ and Habibu Muhammad, ‘m’, all of Yankaba Quarters, Nassarawa LGA Kano of the sum of Seven Hundred Thousand Naira (N700,000.00).
He added that , “ the suspect was caught in possession of Forty Seven (47) fake I’D Cards bearing different names, photographs and other falsified documents of the National Cotton Association of Nigeria, Kano State Chapter. Further search led to the recovery of the Computer he used in printing the forged documents.
“During interrogation, the suspect revealed he had worked with the National Cotton Association of Nigeria in Kano, but was dismissed, after he forged their documents. He confessed parading himself as a staff of the National Cotton Association of Nigeria to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.
He further alleged that, “About Sixty Four (64) Persons have reported that the suspect defrauded them the sum of Six Million, Two Hundred and Ninety Four Thousand, Two Hundred Naira (N6,294,200.00). The Commissioner of Police, CP Sama’ila Shu’aibu Dikko, fsi (Nagari-Nakowa) has ordered for discreet investigation. Suspect will be charged to court upon completion of investigation.” Kiyawa stated