Crime Watch

Court sentences two men to jail for stealing over N680k from job applicant

A Gombe State High Court on Wednesday convicted and sentenced two men, Ibrahim Abdullahi and Umar Usman, for employment scams.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in a statement explained that they obtaining the sum of N682,847 from a victim, under false pretences.

Abdullahi and Usman were separately arraigned on three counts bordering on cheating and employment scams. The defendants pleaded guilty to the charges.

The charge sheet read; “That you, Ibrahim Abdullahi, sometime in October 2020 and January 2021 in Gombe, Gombe State, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, obtained the Polaris ATM card property of Aminu Adamu Idris and Muhammed Saidu Jibril, which you claimed was documentation for an offer of employment you secured for them in a private liability company at Gombe, but rather used the said ATM card to obtain a loan to the tune of N682,847 without their consent and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 320 of the Penal Code Law and punishable under Section 322 of the same Law.”

The prosecutor, A.B. Kware, asked with the court to sentence them appropriately, while the defendants’ attorney, R.A. Anthony, pleaded with the judge to exercise mercy as they are first-time offenders who regret their actions.

Justice Kereng sentenced Abdullahi to one year in jail and a fine of N50,000, while Usman received a sentence of two years in prison and a fine of N50,000.