By Sule Aliyu, Bauchi
Bauchi state Government is to file a notice of appeal on judgement in favour Kabiru Ahmed, a civil servant who was alleged to be involved in embezzlement of N8 million realized from vehicle plate number sales.
The accused, Ahmed Kabiru who work with Bauchi State Inland Revenue Board (BIRB) in charge of vehicle plate number sales was dragged before High Court 8 for alleged misappropriation of N8million.
The presiding judge, Muazu Abubakar in his ruling on Tuesday 25 October 2017 said the accused; Kabiru has no case to answer as submitted and therefore discharged and acquitted him.
The prosecuting counsel to the state, Barrister Haruna Ibrahim said Kabiru was a staff of (BIRB) trusted with motor plate numbers worth millions of Naira.
He said “the Board set up a committee to investigate how monies realized from sales of vehicle plate numbers were remitted in the banks and he, Kabiru was found wanting for not remitting over N8 million to the Bank from the sales”
So a case was filed against him for allegedly embezzling public funds to the tune of N8 million.
Barrister Haruna said “we are not satisfied with the judgment, we will file a notice of appeal that will transmit to the court of Appeal Jos, with all the witnesses to see whether he has a case or not”
In his response, the counsel to the accused, Barrister Ben Ogbuche said they have no reason to go for appeal because they have lost the case.
“Well they have reason to go for appeal but it won’t make any difference, this is the third time the case was dismissed, first it was struck out at the Magistrate Court and dismissed at the High Court and now he has been discharge and acquitted at the High Court 8 in Bauchi ” Ben said
“We don’t have any fear to entertain, we won our case, let them carry on with the appeal and see”, he boasted.