The Sokoto State High Court has convicted and sentenced Abdulmajeed Habeeblah and Nana Hauwau Umar to three years imprisonment each for committing Automated Teller Machine (ATM) fraud.
Justice Mohammed Mohammed convicted the fraudsters on Monday, July 18, 2022, after they pleaded guilty to two-count charges bordering on criminal conspiracy and theft, upon their arraignment by the Sokoto Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). The Trumpet Gathered
Count two of the charges states, “That you Abdulmajeed Habeeblah, male and Umar Nana Hauwau, female, sometimes in April 2021 at Sokoto within the Sokoto Judicial Division of the High Court of Justice of Sokoto State dishonestly took the total sum of N141,000.00 (One Hundred and Forty-One Thousand Naira only) from the GTB account number 0115282363 of one Maiyaki Hamza Usman by gaining g access to his Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card and email account details without his consent and thereby committed an offence of theft contrary to Section 274(1) of the Sokoto State Penal Code Law 2019 and punishable under same Law.”
The convicts had pleaded guilty to the charges when they were read to them.
In his ruling, Justice Mohammed found them guilty of the two count charges and subsequently convicted and sentenced them to one-year imprisonment each on count one and two years imprisonment each on count two.
However, they were given an option of a fine of N20,000 each on count one and N30,000 each on count two.
Also, the Judge ordered the convicts to fully restitute their victim the sum of N141,000 stolen from his bank account.
The journey of the convicts to the Correctional Centre began when they stole the sum of N141,000 from the bank account of Maiyaki Hamza Usman in April 2021.
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