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Woman sentenced to 14 years in prison for stealing over N3m

09 September 2013, 18:06

Abuja - An Abuja Magistrates’ Court on Monday sentenced a 22-year-old cashier, Mariam Salifu, to 14 years in prison for stealing N3.15 million belonging to her employers.

The convict, residing at Karimo in the FCT, was arraigned on a two-count charge of criminal breach of trust and theft.  She had earlier admitted to absconding with the money.

The Magistrate, Hajiya Fati Tafida, sentenced Salifu without an option to pay fine.

She ordered that the convict should be imprisoned at the Federal Prisons, Suleija, for 14 years to serve as deterrent to others.

"The accused, having admitted to committing the crime, is hereby found guilty as charged.

"She is sentenced to 14 years in prison at the Suleja Federal Prisons to serve as a deterrent to others like her out there,’’ Tafida ruled.

Earlier, the Police Prosecutor, Inps. Phillip Appolos, had told the court that one Christopher Nwozor of Life Camp, Abuja, reported the matter at the Life Camp Police Station on Aug. 19.

He said that the accused, who is a cashier at C.C. Royal Fishing, was told to deposit N3.15 million into the company’s account

in Diamond Bank at Wuse Zone 2.

Appolos said that the accused absconded with the money on Aug. 17, to an unknown destination, instead of depositing it.

The prosecutor said  that Salifu was subsequently, arrested in Lokoja, following police investigation.


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