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Court Jails Man in Gombe for N7.6m Fraud



Justice J.A. Kereng of the Gombe State High Court, sitting in Gombe on Friday, May 10, 2024 convicted and sentenced one George Habu Nuhu to six months imprisonment for fraud.

Nuhu was prosecuted by the Gombe Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC on a one-count charge of intent to defraud.

The charge reads: “That you George Habu Nuhu between March 2018 and November 2019 at Gombe, Gombe State within the jurisdiction of this honourable court with intent to defraud obtained the aggregate sum of N7,678,000 (Seven Million, Six Hundred and Seventy-eight Thousand Naira) property of Shehu Makama which your claimed that the money was payment for the “madrid timber log” and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 320 of the Penal Code Law and punishable under Section 322 of the same Law.”

He pleaded “guilty” to the charge when it was read to him upon which prosecution counsel, S.E. Okemini urged the court to convict and sentence him accordingly, while the defence counsel, Yusuf .A. Ali pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy.

Justice Kereng thereafter convicted and sentenced Nuhu to six months imprisonment or to pay a fine of N60,000 (Sixty Thousand Naira). The convict in addition, would restitute the sum N7,678,000 (Seven Million, Six Hundred and Seventy-eight Thousand Naira), being proceeds of his crime to his victim within six months, beginning from May 2024.

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