Court convicts Yola Electricity Distribution Company staff for fraud

Posted by Mayowa Okekale, Abuja | 10 July 2019 | 914 times

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Maiduguri Zonal Office on Tuesday has secured the conviction of one Ahmadu Mai before Justice Aisha Kumaliya of the Borno State High Court, Maiduguri.

Mai, an Officer II Finance and Accounts at the Business Unit of the Yola Electricity Distribution Company, Bulunkutu, was first arraigned before Justice Fadawu Umar of the State High court, on a two-count charge bordering on conspiracy and diversion of funds to the tune of N5,718,049.28.

The Distribution Company had petitioned the EFCC accusing him of diverting the said sum to his personal use between July 2016 and July 2017.

At Tuesday’s sitting, counsel for the EFCC, Fatsuma Muhammad, applied to the court for the amended charge to be read to him.

The count reads: “That you, Ahamdu Mai while being Officer II Finance and Accounts with Yola Electricity Distribution Company, Bulunkutu Business Center Maiduguri, Borno State between July 2016 and July 2017 in Maiduguri within the Jurisdiction of this Honourable Court used your position to fraudulently confer upon yourself the total sum of Two Million Eight Hundred and Sixty Thousand Naira (N2,860,000) revenue belonging to Yola Electricity Distribution Company and thereby committed and offence contrary to and punishable under Section 320 of Penal Code Law Cap 102, Laws of Borno State and punishable under Section 322 of the same Law.”

He pleaded “guilty” to the one-count amended charge.

Muhammad, thus, prayed the court to convict him as charged.

Justice Kumaliya, thereafter convicted him as charged.

Counsel for Mai, H. Waziri pleaded for leniency and pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy as the convict had refunded the money.

After the allocutus, Justice Kunaliya, sentenced him to six months in prison with an option of fine of N50,000.

Source: News Express

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