A Sokoto State High Court sitting in Sokoto, the state capital, on Wednesday convicted and sentenced Abdulrashid Isa Aliyu to seven years imprisonment for falsely representing himself as an officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
Aliyu arraigned by the Sokoto Zonal Office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for testifying in the assumed capacity of an NSCDC official in a criminal charge.
The one-count charge brought against the convict read: “That you Abdulrashid Isa Aliyu, adult, male, on the 26th day of October, 2020 at Sokoto within the Jurisdiction of the High Court of Justice, Sokoto State did give false evidence when you testified under oath in charge No. SS/38C/2018 before the High Court of Justice No. 3 of Sokoto State by presenting yourself as a staff of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) employed in 2014 with Force Number 65155, which you knew to be false and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 121 of the Sokoto State Penal Code Law, 2019 and punishable under Section 123 of the same Law.”
The defendant pleaded ‘guilty’ to the charge. Consequently, the prosecuting counsel, S.H. Sa’ad, asked the court to convict and sentence him accordingly.
Justice Malami Dogondaji, the presiding judge, thereafter convicted and sentenced Aliyu to seven years in prison, with the option of a N250,000 fine.