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Duo to serve time for fake US currency

20 December 2013, 14:22

Abuja - Two fraudsters that were arrested with counterfeit foreign currency will spend the next five years in jail after the Federal High Court in Abuja sentenced them.

Ali Saidu and Naru Sani were convicted and sentenced to imprisonment on each of the five count charge of criminal conspiracy, unlawful possession of counterfeit United States Dollars and forgery the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) preferred against them.

This followed their arrest by the anti-corruption agency in 2011 at Mararaba in Nasarawa State where they were caught in possession of $10 000.

The said offences are in contravention of section 10 (6) of the (Miscellaneous Offence Decree No.20 of 1984) as amended and Section 5 (1) (b) of the Counterfeit Currency (Special Provisions) Act Cap. 35 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, according to the courts.

Upon their arraignment by the EFCC, Saidu and Sani pleaded not guilty.

However, they later changed their plea, and pleaded guilty to an amended five-count charge.

Consequently, High Court Judge Justice Chukwu convicted the duo and sentenced them accordingly.

– CAJ News


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