EFCC, Borno Court Sentence POS Operator To Six Months Imprisonment, Dismissed Soldier, For Money Fraud

The Maiduguri Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC and a Borno State High Court, Maiduguri prosecuted one Tijjani Mohammed Bulama on a one-count amended charge of criminal misappropriation on.

Bulama, a Point of Sale, POS, operator was convicted for criminally diverting the sum of N1.5m which a customer had asked him to transfer to another recipient, Wikki Times gathered.

The amended charge stated, “That you, Tijjani Mohammed Bulama on 26th day of May, 2022 at Maiduguri, Borno State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, being entrusted with dominion over certain properties to wit; First Bank Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) belonging to one Alhaji Kachallah Bukar to transfer the sum of N1, 500,000.00 (One Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira) to one Abdullahi Musa with account No. 228877146 domiciled in Zenith Bank, instead of which you transferred the said sum to your friend’s account, one Garba Ramadan Abba with account No. 6320571863 domiciled in Fidelity Bank without his consent and dishonestly misappropriated the entire sum of N1,500,000.00 (One Million Five Hundred Thousand Naira) and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 308 of the Penal Code Cap 102 Laws of Borno State of Nigeria and Punishable under Section 309 of the same Law.” 

The defendant, who pleaded guilty to the charges was sentenced to six month imprisonment with option of N20, 000 (Twenty Thousand Naira) fine by the presiding Judge, Justice Musa Mustapha.

Similarly, the EFCC Maiduguri Zonal Command on Wednesday, July 20, 2022, prosecuted ex- soldier, Sgt. Ado Kabiru before Justice Aisha Kumaliya of the Borno State High Court, Maiduguri on one count charge of procuring N29, 934,500.00 (Twenty Nine Million Nine Hundred and Thirty Four Thousand Five Hundred Naira) by false pretence.

After the defendant pleaded not guilty to the charge, Justice Kumaliya adjourned the case till 5th and 6th August, 2022 for commencement of trial and ordered that the accused be remanded in prison.

The charge read: “That you, Sgt. Ado Kabiru and Jibrin Mahmud (now at large) sometimes in October, 2020 at Maiduguri, Borno State within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court with intent to defraud, did obtain the gross sum of N29, 934, 500.00 (Twenty Nine Million, Nine Hundred and Thirty Four Thousand Five Hundred Naira) from one Dr. Mohammed Ramat via your two different account numbers: 1. Account number 0454731634 domiciled with Guaranty Trust Bank and 2. Account Number 234484021 domiciled with First City Monument Bank (FCMB) and account number 1384601713 domiciled with Access Bank bearing Jibrin Mahmuda (now at large) under the false pretence which you knew to be false and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 1(1) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences and Punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.”

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