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Two men jailed for obtaining money under false pretences in Gombe

Written by on April 11, 2024

A Gombe State High Court on Wednesday imprisoned two men, Ibrahim Abdullahi and Umar Usman, for obtaining N682,847 under false pretences.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, in a statement explained that Abdullahi and Usman were separately arraigned on three counts bordering on cheating and employment scams.

According to the charge 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.”

However, the defendants pleaded guilty to the charges, upon arraignment.

A.B. Kware, the prosecuting attorney, 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.

Justice Kereng, in a similar development, sentenced one Mohammed Soja to six years imprisonment for employment fraud.

Soja was arraigned on three counts bordering on fraud, cheating and employment scams.

Justice Kereng offered him a second chance and sentenced him to six years in prison with an option of a N150,000 fine.

Two men jailed for obtaining money under false pretences in Gombe


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