Court convicts businessman, others of N17.3 million fraud
• EFCC remands two in prison custody for alleged N33.6m scam
Justice Fadawu Umar of the Borno State High Court sitting in Maiduguri yesterday sentenced one Umar Ali Kaka to two years in jail with an option of fine.
Acting spokesman to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Tony Orilade, said the EFCC’s Maiduguri Office secured Kaka’s conviction of in a statement in Abuja, saying the convict was arraigned on a one-count charge bordering on criminal breach of trust and obtaining N16 million by false pretence from one Ibrahim Garba Usman.
Orilade added that Kaka sometimes in 2017 called the complainant on telephone and informed him that a contract was awarded to Today’s Super Market Stores for the supply of foodstuff and other goods to Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), saying N16 million was required to execute the job.
In the course of the trial, the prosecution counsel, Khalid Sanusi presented seven witnesses and tendered twelve exhibits, which were marked and admitted by the court.
While delivering judgment, Justice Umar said: “On the whole, I hold that the prosecution has proved the offence of cheating on Umar Ali Kaka and consequently this court finds you guilty and you are convicted accordingly.”
Meanwhile, the EFCC also yesterday arraigned Adesanya Paul and Ganiu Awojobi before Justice Mojisola Dada of the Special Offences Court sitting in Lagos on a four-count charge of stealing and obtaining N33.6 million by false pretense.
Orilade disclosed that the complainant, Oluwatoyin Akinwole, alleged that sometime in 2017, the defendants who claimed to be businessmen in the oil sector approached her to join them in the business.
He added that Akinwole also alleged that she paid the defendants some amounts of money for the supply of crude oil.
She further alleged that the defendants neither repaid her nor supplied the crude oil, adding that they bought exotic cars with the proceeds.