Two former judges were ordered to be remanded in custody for alleged impersonation and forgery by Senior Magistrate Court Presiding Magistrate Abdullahi Bawa of Niger State’s Paikoro Local Government Area.
Danjuma Bawa, a retired employee of the Paiko Magistrate Court, and Usman Abdullahi, a retired employee of the High Court Minna, both of whom are from Paiko town, are among the accused.
The two were alleged to have provided a forged affidavit to Amadu Adamu and Moses Mathew of the Lugudna region of Paiko, a retired Paikoro LG officer who negotiated and procured the document on behalf of his wife, Mrs. Serah Bahago, and Mustapha Abdullahi, the headmaster of Butu Primary School.
The First Police Report, FIR, revealed that the two retired judicial workers allegedly used an old stamp of Magistrate Court Paiko, signed and stamped the said fake affidavit form and issued to their victims.
According to the FIR, “All the fake affidavit forms collected from Usman Abdullahi and Danjuma Bawa did not serve the purposes intended as it was rejected from bank”.
“That both Usman Abdullahi and Danjuma Bawa were having some official court documents in their possession after retirement from the service of Niger government.”
The case was subsequently postponed to November 22, 2022, and the accused was ordered to remain in the custody of the prison facility by presiding Magistrate Abdullahi Bawa.