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Fraudster bags 8 years jail term


An Akwa Ibom State High Court in Uyo has sentenced one Wayo Samuel to eight years imprisonment for fraud.

Samuel was arraigned by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) before Justice Okon A. Okon of High Court 8 on an eight-count charge of obtaining by false pretence, contrary to and punishable under Section 419 of the Criminal Code Act of the Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

He was also charged for asking and receiving benefit for himself, with regard to employment into the public service, punishable under Section 112 of the Criminal Code Act, Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 2004, respectively.

His ordeal started with a petition sent to the Commission by one of his victims from whom he collected the sum of N140, 000, with a promise to use his position as an Air Commodore in the Nigerian Air Force (NAF) to assist him get recruited in the Service’s Batch “B” Direct Short Course (DSS) for June, this year.

Upon receipt of the petition, ICPC swung into action and arrested the suspect.

Investigations later revealed that the convict was neither an air commodore nor personnel of the NAF.

Further investigations also revealed that he had at different times used the same ploy to defraud several other people of various sums of money in the state with the promise to help them get recruited into the NAF.

After listening to all the charges brought against him, Samuel pleaded guilty and was consequently sentenced to eight years imprisonment (one year imprisonment for each count), with an option to pay a cumulative sum of N450, 000.

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