- A suspected fraudster was arraigned by the EFCC for defrauding a customs officer
- The suspected fraudster pleaded guilty to impersonation, while his accomplice maintained his not guilty plea
- He was sentenced to 12 months in prison with an option of N200,000 fine
A suspected fraudster, Usman Baba Yusuf, has been sentenced to 12 months in prison for his involvement in the cloning of the phone number of Abdulmumini Bako, a former special assistant to the ex-comptroller general of the Nigeria Customs Service, Abdullahi Dikko.
The verdict was passed after the suspect pleaded guilty when he was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on March 29, to a four-count amended charge of cheating, impersonation and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of N2 million.
The anti-graft agency in a statement on Tuesday, April 17, said Yusuf, who was being charged along with Balarabe Abdullahi, had initially absconded, but was later arrested by operatives who found him in his hideout and brought him to court. The convict was alleged to have connived with Abdullahi to defraud a customs officer.
Abdullahi, however, maintained his not guilty plea based on Yusuf’s guilty plea, which was part of a plea bargain he entered in with the prosecution.
Justice Senchi, noted that he had no record of conviction and seems to have shown remorse. The trial judge, thereafter, sentenced him to 12 months in prison with an option of N200,000 fine.
The trial of his accomplice, Abdullahi, who has since remained in prison custody for his inability to perfect his bail conditions, continues on May 7, 2018.
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Meanwhile, a report by the EFCC has detailed how the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, allegedly received N250 million from the office of the National Security Adviser under the leadership of the embattled former (NSA) Col Sambo Dasuki (retd.).
Secondus was said to have allegedly received the money during the build-up to the 2015 general elections, when served as the deputy chairman (south) of the PDP at the time, The Punch citing a copy of the report stated.
The document further alleged that the funds were approved by Col Sambo Dasuki (retd.) for unknown reasons but were merely referred to as special duties.
The EFCC also said an oil magnate standing trial before a Federal High Court in Abuja, Babajide Omokore gave out vehicles worth about N1.1 billion to Secondus and ex-chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, as well as the lawmaker representing Akwa Ibom north-east senatorial district, Senator Bassey Akpan.
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