By Alex Uangbaoje, Kaduna
The Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service on Monday dragged one Garba Kasimu, 71, before a Zaria Chief Magistrate Court, for alleged forgery of vehicle documents and drivers license.
Kasimu of No 214 Kaura, Zaria City, Zaria Local Government Area of Kaduna State was brought before Chief Magistrate Umar Bature on two count charges of criminal conspiracy and forgery.
The prosecuting counsel, Insp. Sarki Abdullahi told the court that the accused conspired with four others namely, Hussaini, kayoed, kabiru and Ali, who are at large and illegal forged vehicle documents and license for motorist in Zaria.
Abdullahi said that the offence contravene section 96 and 362 of Penal Code Laws of Kaduna State 1991.
He said that criminal act was reported to the Zaria City Police Division on Jan. 18 by Yakubu Usman and Samir Tukur, both of Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service, Zaria licencing Office.
“That you, Garba Kasimu have been illegally printing fake vehicles particulars including drivers licence and issue same to drivers in exchange for money.
“That on receiving the information, they decided to investigate by pretending to be drivers in need of vehicle document and you, Kasimu, particularly printed and issued fake documents to Samir Tukur and collected money from him.
“You were also found with fake licence and other vehicle documents at Gaskiya in Zaria and during questioning, you admitted to have committed the crime along with Hussaini, kayoed, Kabiru and Ali, who are at large.
“You have therefore committed an offense of criminal conspiracy and forgery under Section 96 and 362 of the Penal Code Laws of Kaduna State 1991.
Kasimu however pleaded not guilty, while his counsel, Audu Ladan appeal for bail.
The Chief Magistrate denied the defense counsel application for bail on the ground that count two of the charges was not a bailable offence and adjourned the case to Feb. 10 for commencement of trial.