THE Maiduguri Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, 12 September, 2023, secured the conviction and sentencing of one Bukar Muhammad before Justice Aisha Kumaliya of the Borno State High Court Maiduguri to one-year imprisonment.
The defendant was first arraigned on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, on a one-count charge bordering on obtaining by false pretence and later re-arraigned on an amended charge for the offence of criminal breach of trust to the tune of N43,328,000.00(Forty-Three Million, Three Hundred and Twenty-Eight Thousand Naira)
His journey to prison started when the Commission received a petition by one Alhaji Ali Mohammed who alleged that he entrusted the above-mentioned sum to the defendant for safe keeping but converted it to his own use.
The count reads: “That you, Bukar Mohammed sometime in 2018 at Maiduguri, Borno State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court fraudulently induced one Alhaji Ali Mohammed to deliver to you monies in Euros and Naira to the equivalent sum of Forty-three Million, Three Hundred and Twenty-eight Thousand Naira (N43,328,000.00) only under the false pretence of collecting same for safekeeping
which facts you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under sections 1(1)(b) and 1(3) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 respectively.”
The defendant pleaded ‘not guilty’ to the one-count charge prompting a full trial of the caseCounsel for the prosecution, Mukhtar Ali Ahmed alongside S.O Saka presented three witnesses and tendered three exhibits as evidence.
Justice Kumaliya in her judgement, found the defendant guilty and convicted him to a fine of N200,000.00 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira only) or one-year imprisonment. She further ordered the convict to pay a balance of N13,234,100 to his victim or serve additional seven years imprisonment.
In another development, one Musa Bello was convicted and sentenced to one-year imprisonment by Justice Umaru Fadawu of Borno State High Court, Maiduguri on a one-count charge bordering on cheating to the tune of N1,300,000.00 (One Million, Three Hundred Thousand Naira).
The charge read: ‘’That you, Musa Bello on or about 9th March, 2023, in Maiduguri, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court dishonestly induced one Aminu Ahmed and others under the guise of facilitating food distribution items from a Non-Governmental Organization, Save the Children, and collected the total sum of N1, 300,000.00 (One Million, Three Hundred Thousand Naira) and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 320 (a) of Borno State Penal Code Law Cap. 102 and punishable under section 322 of the same law”.
The defendant pleaded ‘guilty’ to the charge.
Counsel for the prosecution, Faruq Muhammad presented one witness and urged the court to convict him accordingly.
Justice Fadawu convicted and sentenced him to one-year imprisonment with an option of N200, 000.00 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira)
No Apology For Backing A Northern Candidate, I Am A Northerner And I Would Go For A Northerner; And No Apologies For That. I have Never Hidden This – Abdullahi Adamu
WHEN asked, Was the issue of Senator Ahmed Lawan as the party’s candidate an initiative you took out of your...Read more
I Am Ready To Contribute To The Development Of Edo State With Full Commitment – Professor Sylvester Odion Akhaine (SOA)
TEXT of message to Esan leadership summit on Edo Gubernatorial Race 2024 by the National Chronical, held at Eguare-Irrua, Esan...Read more
THE National Chairman of the Labour Party, Barrister Julius Abure has decried the pace of growth Nigeria has witnessed since...Read more
Forget Anointing A Successor, You Haven’t Been Fair, Equitable And Inclusive – Edo PDP Tells Obaseki
THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) subtly rejected Governor Godwin Obaseki's proposition to be fairness, equity and inclusion in producing his...Read more
THE Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has finally fixed September 21 next year for the governorship election in Edo State....Read more
THE Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal, Akwa Ibom State, has upheld the election of Pastor Umo Eno of the Peoples Democratic...Read more
THE Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has said the process of choosing his successor ahead of the Governorship election...Read more
THE Delta State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal on Friday, affirmed the victory of Sheriff Oborevwori of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)...Read more
THE recently concluded 2023 general election has sparked newfound political awareness among the youth wing, This awakening was evident in...Read more
"I have no regrets supporting Asiwaju Tinubu for President. In taking my decision, I examined all the variables. Atiku Abubakar...Read more
Imo Governorship: End Of The Road For Apapa Group As Supreme Court affirms Achonu’s Candidacy, Legitimizes Abure Leadership Of Labour Party
THE Supreme Court of Nigeria today dismissed an appeal brought before it by one Basil Maduka against the Labour Party...Read more
BREAKING: Apapa And His Boys Were Thoroughly Disgraced, Their Case Dismissed And Were Told To Apologize To Labour Party At The Supreme Court Today
TODAY in supreme court judgment, a final solution has finally come to light as Lamidi Apapa, the purported embattled Labour...Read more