The Kaduna Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC has secured the conviction of members of a notorious syndicate of fraudsters comprising a Nigerien, Magaji Musa (a.k.a Maishayi) and five Nigerians to 14 years imprisonment before Justice M.S. Shuaibu of the Federal High Court, Kaduna.
The Nigerians are Salisu Rabiu, (a.k.a Mai Magani); Ibrahim Idris, (a.k.a Dankano); Haruna Abdullahi,(a.k.a Balogun), Haruna Usman (a.k.a Maiturare) and Abubakar Umar (a.k.a Fulani).
The convicts were prosecuted on four counts of conspiracy, attempt to obtain money by false pretence and possession of counterfeit currencies, contrary to Section 8A, 1A, 8B of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act 2006 and Section 1(3) of the same Act.
They allegedly tricked a victim to claim boxes containing huge sums of money (in United States Dollars) belonging to a certain politician and kept with some herdsmen in the bush.
They had pleaded not guilty to the charges, setting the stage for their full trial. In the course of the trial, the prosecution called witnesses and presented several documents that were admitted in evidence.
Delivering judgment on Wednesday, Justice Shuaibu convicted all six defendants on the count of conspiracy and attempt to commit the offence, and sentenced them to seven years imprisonment.
The fourth defendant, Haruna Abdullahi (a.k.a Balogun) was sentenced to another seven years imprisonment on the count that relates to possession of fake currencies
The second, fourth and fifth defendants bagged another seven years on count three without an option of fine.
All sentences are to run concurrently
The first defendant, Salisu Rabiu (a.k.a Maimagani), is to restitute the nominal complainant the sum of N1.075 million.