The Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) said it arrested a former Kano State High Court Judge over alleged criminal conspiracy, cheating and forgery.
A statement yesterday from the spokesperson of the commission, Rasheedat Okoduwa, said Justice Kabiru Mamman Auta was arrested by operatives of the ICPC on Tuesday November 14, 2017.
She said he was arrested when he visited the commission to answer questions on allegations that he had conspired with some other persons to defraud a Kano businessman, Alhaji Bashir Sani Kwangila Yakasai (SKY), of the sum of N220m.
She said the matter was referred to the Commission after it had been reported to the National Judicial Council which had constituted a committee to investigate the allegations.
Okoduwa said the amount involved had been fraudulently obtained from Alhaji Yakasai by Justice Auta and his accomplice Bashir Sufi, on the pretext that they were acting on behalf of the former Chief Justice of Nigeria, Aloma Mukhtar.
She added that, Justice Auta in his statement to the commission had disclosed that he had paid N20m as part repayment to Yakasai during the course of the matter.
“Hon. Justice Auta was released from detention on administrative bail, while further investigation into the matter continues,” the ICPC stated.