Two middle-aged persons, Debora Fojo and Musa Garba, on Friday appeared before a Malumfashi Chief Magistrates’ Court in Katsina State for alleged breach of trust and cheating.
The two were accused of collecting N429,000 to invest in an online business called MMM.
МММ was a Russian company that perpetrated one of the world’s largest Ponzi schemes of all time, in the 1990s. By different estimates, from five to 40 million people, Nigerians inclusive, lost up to $10bn.
Fojo and Garba are residents of Government Girls Secondary School Malumfashi Quarters and Unguwar Danyawa village in Kafur local government areas respectively.
According to the separate First Information Reports read to the court, Fojo allegedly collected N229,000 from one Sani Salisu of Unguwar Sodangi in Malumfashi to invest in the scheme.
Garba, on the other hand, collected N200,000 from one Adamu Aliyu of Gangarawa, also in Malumfashi, to invest in MMM.
The Police Prosecutor, Insp. Sani Ahmed, told the courts that the accused deceived the complainants with a promise that the investment would provide 30 percent returns within 30 days.
He said that neither the original money nor the interest were returned to the complainants after the expiration of the agreed period.
He said the accused were charged with criminal breach of trust and cheating, offences that contravene sections 312 and 322 of the penal code.
The two accused persons, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The Chief Magistrate, Lawal Usman, adjourned Fojo’s case till April 11, while that of Garba was moved to April 18, for mention.
He ordered that the two accused persons be remanded in prison custody.