The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Sokoto Zonal Office, on Tuesday, secured the conviction of one Freedom Inah.
He was arraigned before Justice M.S. Sifawa, Chief Judge of the Sokoto State High Court sitting in Sokoto.
The one-count charge bordered on cheating to the tune of N1,830,250.
The count one reads: “That you, Freedom Sampson Inah, while acting as a travel agent of Gulf Centre International Travel and Tourism, United Arab Emirate (UAE) and Top Valley Speciality Hospital in UAE; and Nwabueze Uzochukwu Joseph, Peter Ike (now at large), sometime in 2019 at Sokoto, dishonestly induced one Ahmed Jelani to pay N1,435,250.00 into three different accounts including the sum of N395,000 by deceiving him with an offer of appointment with Top Valley Speciality Hospital in UAE, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 310 of the Sokoto State Penal Code Law 2019 and punishable under Section 311 of the same Law.”
Upon arraignment, Sampson pleaded “guilty” to the charge.
EFCC counsel, S.H. Sa’ad, asked the court to convict and sentence him in line with the Penal Code Law of Sokoto State.
Defence counsel, Shamsu Dauda, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy as his client was a first-time offender who had become remorseful.
He also told the court that the convict had fully restituted the victim.
Justice Sifawa, thereafter convicted and sentenced the defendant to 10 years imprisonment with an option of a fine of N200,000.00.