Abuja - A man who swindled a Bureau de Change of N36 million (US$216 000) seven years ago will spend the next 10 years in prison.
The High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, presided by Justice Sadiq Abubakar Umar, sentenced Joseph without the option of a fine for obtaining the money from Awalu Abdulrahman, the Bureau de Change operator by false pretence in 2006.
The convict was first arraigned in November 2006 and re-arraigned in 2011 on an amended three-count charge of obtaining the money.
He was docked alongside three others namely, John Obialu, who was discharged and acquitted. Sani Musa and Elvis Ezeani are both at large.
Working with his accomplices, Umar convinced his victim to part with the said sum under the pretext that they were going to transfer the Naira equivalent to him.
Not suspecting foul play, Abdurrahman convinced his brother Alhaji Nurudeen who resided in Ghana on the genuineness of the transaction and eventually paid the sum of N36 million to the convict.
Suspicions arose when the person Nurudeen sent to accompany Morah and his co-accused to collect the Naira equivalent was pushed out of the car. Three of the five accused were eventually arrested but Ezeani later skipped bail.
According to prosecution counsel, Maryam Aminu Ahmed, five witnesses were called during the course of trial.
– CAJ News