The Borno State High Court, presided over by Justice Aisha Kumaliya, on July 26, 2022, sentenced one Al–Amin Idris to a six-month jail term over a N4 million land scam.
The Maiduguri Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) first dragged Idris to court on January 31, this year.
His prosecution comes after an investigation into a petition revealing that he pocketed N4 million by selling a plot of land, which would later be confirmed as a scam.
The defendant had pleaded not guilty to the charge. However, he changed his plea along the line and pleaded guilty to an amended one count charge.
The prosecution counsel, Mukhtar Ali Ahmed, in view of the defendant’s plea, requested the court to sentence him as charged.
Idris was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment commencing from the day he was remanded in prison custody and also ordered him to pay a fine of N100,000 or, in default, serve a one-year prison term.
The charge reads: “That you, Al-Amin Idris sometime in November 2018 at Maiduguri, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, induced one Muhammad H. K. Shani to deliver to you the sum of N4, 000,000.00 (Four Million Naira) under the guise that the said amount represents payment for the purchase of a purported plot of land No. 275 on BOTP/72 Pompomari Residential Layout with Right of Occupancy no. BO/6387 which you knew to be false thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 320 (a) and punishable under Section 322 of the Penal Code Cap 102 Laws of Borno State.”