Fraudsters net 21 years for multimillion Naira scam
from OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS – THE Federal High Court in Kano has sentenced a pair to an effective 21 years behind bars for fraud.
Justice Fatu Riman convicted and sentenced Mohammed Adam Mansur and Mohammed Auwal after they pleaded to the three-count charge of conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretence preferred against them by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The commission arraigned the convicts in July last year for conspiracy and attempt to defraud one Alhaji Auwal Ayagi under the pretext that they were agents to Visafone Communications Limited and that their company wanted to purchase land from the complainant at the cost of N30 million.
They demanded 10 percent commission which they asked the complainant to pay into their bank account.
Upon arraignment they pleaded not guilty but, in the cause of trial, after the prosecution had called one witness, the duo dramatically changed plea and owned up to their crime.
Consequently, the prosecuting counsel, Idris Haruna urged the court to convict them accordingly.
Riman consequently convicted the accused persons and sentenced them without option of fine.
The sentence of Mansur, who has been in prison custody since arraignment for failure to meet his bail terms, is to start from the date of arraignment.
– CAJ News
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