Men of the Bauchi State Police Command have arrested four government officials for withdrawing the sum of N332,000 belonging to their late colleague.
The suspects have been detained in police custody for alleged forgery and fraud, according to a statement released by the command’s spokesperson, SP Ahmed Mohammed Wakil.
The men were arrested after the next of kin of the deceased, Jibrin Adamu, who worked with the Bauchi State Ministry of Finance, went to process her father’s benefits only to discover that it had been withdrawn by some persons who used forged documents.
She reported the incident to the police who immediately swung into action, and launched an investigation which revealed that one Nasiru Samaila conspired with three others – Auwal Jibrin, Tijani Mohammad and Faruq Mohammad Nasiru to withdraw the money.
They “selfishly and mercilessly forged documents and accessed the sum of three hundred and thirty-two thousand (N332,000) naira belonging to the deceased and converted it to their personal use, shared the benefit among themselves.”
When they were interrogated, they all confessed to playing an active role in the crime. Nasiru said he received two hundred and twelve thousand naira (N212,000.00); Auwal, one hundred thousand nairas (N100,000.00); Faruq, twenty thousand naira (N20,000.00),
The police has however recovered N320,000.00 from the suspects, and they will be arraigned before a court soon.