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Man Bags 15 Years Imprisonment for Fraud In Kano.

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Kano State High Court Presided by Justice Hadiza Suleiman has convicted one Jamilu Yunusa to 15 years in Correctional Center for defrauding 3 Persons.

The Kano Zonal Command, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned Jamilu alongside his 2 co-defendants namely: Inuwa Abdu and Habibu Inuwa in connection to 7 Head Head Count Charges bondering on fraud and obtaining money by false pretence.

The Prosecution Counsel, Barrister Douglas Ijah Gift said Jamilu Yunusa and his 2 defendants were sometimes in 2015 allegdely conspired among themselves and defrauded Nuhu Abubakar the sum of N200,000 Shehu Sani N300, 000 and Abubakar N100,000

Barrister Douglas also alledged that the Trio intended to defrauded Nuhu Abubakar the sum of N200,000 and many other Victims in several occasions after presented themselves as Businessmen and Representatives of Dantata and Sawoe Constructions Company.

” That you Jamilu Yunusa, Inuwa Abdu, and Habibu Inuwa were sometimes in Kano within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable court did conspired and agreed between yourselves to do an illegal act to wit by obtaining by pretence the sum of N200,000 N300,000 N100,000 from Habibu Sani, Nuhu Abubakar and Abubakar Isa through your various Bank Accounts on the pretence that goods will be delivered to them by Dantata and Sawoe  Constructions Company and it were conducted pursuant to the said agreement and their by commited the offence contrary to section 8 of Advance Fee Fraud and other Related Offence Act 2006 and punishable under section 1 sub 3 of the same Act”.

To prove his allegations against the Defendants, Prosecution Counsel called 4 witnesses and tendered Statements Accounts of the Defendants as well as the Bank Teller.

In their testimonies before the court, the witnesses stated that the Defendants presented themselves as business patners to the victims by the pretence of supplying goods and services.

They further told the court that defendants after collecting their money did not supplied  any equipment to them.

On the other hand, the Trio pleaded not guilty early, and gave their evidences. They similarly prayed the court to discharge them in all the 7 count charges slammed against them.

In her judgement Justice Hadiza Suleiman discharged Inuwa Abdu and Habibu Inuwa in all the 7 count.

” The Prosecution has failed to established a linkage between the offences, Inuwa Abdu and Habibu Inuwa

” I therefore, discharged them accordingly for lack of evidence”.
Consequently, the Court found Jamilu guilty in count 1, 2 3 and discharged him in count 4, 5, 6 and 7 for lacks of evidence against him

” I hereby sentence Jamilu Yunusa to 15 years in Correctional Center without option of fine

“The term inclusive number of years he spent in detention

” I also ordered that the convict shall restitute the various sums of money he collected as contained on the charge sheet

“Failure of the convict to pay the victims the money he defrauded, he shall serve additional term 2 years after serving his sentence”.

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Job Scam: Court Sentences Kano Civil Servant to 1 Year in Correctional Center.

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The Kano State Senior Magistrate Court presided over by Haulatu Magaji has convicted Kano Civil Servant Abubakar Jibril to 1 year in Correctional Center with an option of fine to the tune of N50,000.

Arraigning the suspect before the court, the prosecution counsel Barrister Halliru Isa told the court that Jibril was found to be collecting money under the pretence of providing jobs to applicants.

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He told the court that the offence against Abubakar Jibril contravenes section 342 of the penal code.

After reading the charge on him, he pleaded guilty and sought for leniency, stressing that he was first time offender.

Prosecution Counsel prayed the court to try the defendant summarily acccording to section 151 of Criminal Procedure Code.

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Consquently, Magistrate Haulatu Sentenced Jibril to 1 year in Correctional Center. Her words ” Having admitted with the content of the charge I here by sentence you to 1 year in Correctional Center with the option of N50,000 as fine. Similarly, you are to pay the complainants N700, 000 or to spend 6 months in Correctional Center in case of any default”.

It could be recalled that the convict who is a staff with Kano State Agency For Mass Education was apprehended by the operatives of NSCDC while selling appointment letter of NSCDC to public.

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Recall that when he was paraded to Journalists by NSCDC, the convict confirmed that he downloaded referee form from the Corps’ website and selling it to his victims under the pretence that he will secure job for them.

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Court Orders 20 Strokes, 180 Days Against Six Phone Snatchers In Kano

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Kano State Upper Shari’ah Court, City Number 1, presided by Ibrahim Sarki Yola has sentenced 20 lashes with cane and 180 days in correctional center, against six phone snatchers who were found guilty of their offences.

The convicted persons were arrested in different locations within Kano metropolis

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According to the First Information Report by Police, the convicts were apprehended after series of complaints from members of the public.

” Eight stolen phones were recovered in their possession and they couldn’t give any satisfactory information in relation to how they acquired the phones”

” Knives and other dangerous weapons were also recovered from the suspects.”

The six convicts of different addresses in Kano Metropolis included : Umar Ibrahim, Abba Sani and Abubakar Yusuf.

Others were Ahmad Mustapha, Aliyu Bashir and Ahmad Musa.

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They all pleaded guilty and prayed the court to temper justice with mercy.

Ibrahim Sarki Yola ordered 20 strokes be administer to each of the convict.

The Judge, similarly convicted each to spend 180 at correctional centres.

” This will serve as a deterrent to other culprits who are terrozing the public”

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Federal High Court Fixes June 23 For Re-arraignment of FIRS Top Officials

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The Federal High Court, Abuja has fixed June 23 for the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission to re-arraign some top officials of the Federal Inland Revenue Service and two former directors over alleged fraud.

Justice Bolaji Olajuwon fixed the date after counsel to the EFCC, Ekele Iheanacho, informed the court that the matter was formally before a sister judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu, who had been transferred to the Calabar division.

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The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Justice Olajuwon from Markudi division took over from Justice Ojukwu.

“This matter was slated for the prosecution to open its case but due to recent transfer that took place, the matter will have to be commenced denovo (afresh),” Iheanacho told the judge.

The EFCC lawyer hinted that though the defendants were already on bail, he would have prayed for an arrest warrant against three of the defendants who were neither in court nor represented by counsel.

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NAN observes that only the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th and 9th defendants were either in court or represented by their counsel.

“They are actually on bail. But if not for the fact that the matter is coming up for the first time before my lord, I will have made a request for the arrest warrant,” Iheanacho said.

The judge, therefore, held that the defendants, who were absent, should be given another opportunity to come to court.

Olajuwon then adjourned the matter until June 23 for fresh arraignment.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the anti-corruption agency had, on March 11, arraigned Mr Peter Hena, former Coordinating Director; Mohammed Bello Auta, ex-Finance Director, and seven other staff of FIRS before Justice Ojukwu.

Others are Aminu Sidi, Umar Aliyu Aduku, Mbura Mustapha, Obi Okeke Malachy, Obaje Napoleon Adofu, Udo-Inyang Effiong Alfred and Benjamin Jiya.

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They were arraigned on 42-count charge bordering on corruption, fraud and criminal misappropriation of funds running into millions and punishable under the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011 (as amended in 2012).

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