Abuja - A man who conspired with a colleague to defraud a victim of N7, 95 million under false pretence will spend the next seven years in jail for his troubles.
The Kano State High Court has sentenced Mohammed Lawal without an option of fine on a three count charge of obtaining the money through fraudulent means.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrested Lawal sometime in 2010 in Lagos following a petition by Alhaji Suleiman Baban Abu, a businessman.
Lawal and his cohort, now at large, were said to have taken the victim to Lagos Wharf, where he was shown a consignment of fertilizer purportedly awaiting auction by the Nigeria Customs Service, with assurances that the fertilizers would be sold to him.
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Consequently, the victim paid the sum of N3, 95 millionto the convict’s Bank PHB (now Keystone Bank) account, and another N4 million in cash.
Soon after the payments, the fraudsters disappeared while efforts by the victim to get either the fertilizer or his money, proved abortive.
Besides convicting the accused, Justice Bayero also ordered him to pay restitution to the victim.
Failure to do so would attract additional five years imprisonment.
- CAJ News
- CAJ News