Gombe State High Court has convicted and sentenced one Mohammed Abubakar Kabir to three years imprisonment on two separate charges of cheating brought against him by the State Zonal Command of the EFCC.
Kabir was accused by Mohammed Sadiq Babayo and fourteen other complainants of obtaining the aggregate sum of N2,500,000.00 (Two Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira) to facilitate an offer of non-existent employment for them at Federal College of Education, Gombe, Gombe State.
Similarly, he obtained the sum of N200, 000.00 (Two Hundred Thousand Naira) from one Ibrahim Hamidu Mohammed for the same purpose. The offenses contravened Sections 320 and 322 of the Penal Code Law.
He pleaded guilty to the charges and was sentenced by the presiding Judge, Justices Abdulsalam Muhammad to three years imprisonment and was also ordered to pay back the sum of N2.7 million to the victims
Justice Mohammed also sentenced two years imprisonment to 42-year-old man, Muhammed Saleh for offenses bordering on fraud.
Saleh, who claimed to be an accredited MTN Virtual Top Up (VTU) agent had sometime in August 2020 approached and requested that his victim transfer airtime via VTU valued at N1,780,000.00 (One Million, Seven Hundred and Eighty Thousand Naira) in furtherance of a non-existent MTN promo. He had promised to pay back part of the interest accruable to his victim within one week.
Two months later, it was discovered that he converted the VTU airtime to his personal use and all efforts to recover the money or VTU proved abortive.
The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge preferred against him by the Gombe Zonal Command of the EFCC.
Accordingly, Justice Muhammed found him guilty and sentenced Saleh to two years in prison, and ordered him to pay the sum of N780, 000.00. (Seven Hundred and Eighty Thousand Naira) as restitution to the victim through the Commission.