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Court Sentences Director SSCB to 7yrs Imprisonment

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Musa Na Allah Sokoto

The Federal High Court sitting in Sokoto presided by Justice Ahmad G. Mahmud has convicted and sentenced one Hassan Bello a Director with the Sokoto State Commodity Board (SSCB) to 7 years imprisonment on a one-count charge for the offense of obtaining money by false pretense.

The convict, Bello who was arraigned by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) on one count charge, used his position as Director of SSCB to seek money by force pretense amounting to the sum of N1,320,00 (One Million Three Hundred and Twenty Thousand Naira only) under the guise of offering non-existent employment to the complainants,

Investigations revealed that Bello deliberately lured the complainants into parting with the sum with the intent to defraud.

The Director pleaded guilty to the one-count Charge.

In view of his guilty plea, prosecution counsel S. H Sa’ad prayed to the Court to convict and sentence the accused accordingly.

Justice Mahmud convicted and sentenced the accused to 7 years imprisonment with an option of an N100,000.00 fine to the Federal Government.

The Judge also directed the convict to pay restitution of N850, 000.00 to the victims through the EFCC and the Court to be notified of the payment.

Justice Mahmud further directed that failure to pay the restitution within 6 months, the convict shall serve 2 years imprisonment.

The Charge reads: “That you Hassan Bello, Male, while being the Director Administration Sokoto State Commodity Board within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court, sometime in August 2021 with intent to defraud did obtain the sum of One Million Three Hundred and Twenty Thousand Naira from one Aliyu Adamu Tsaki, Yusuf Abubakar, Yahaya Salihu Mohammed and others in the presence of one Dahiru Muhammad when you falsely represented yourself to them that you will secure employment for them in the Sokoto State Commodity Board and issued them letters of provisional appointments a representation you knew to be false and thereby committed an offense contrary to Section 1(1)(a) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related (Offences) Act 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.

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