Banker jailed 5 years for steal­ing N10m

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Haruna Gimba Yaya, Kano

A Kano State High Court has sen­tenced a staff of Main­street Bank,

Hadiza Mustapha, to five years im­pris­on­ment for con­spir­acy, forgery and di­ver­sion of N10 mil­lion.

Hadiza along­side one Mah­mud Sale were dragged to court by the Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC) over a 10-count charge of forg­ing fi­nan­cial documents of a cus­tomer’s fixed de­posit ac­count and sub­se­quently di­vert­ing the sum of N10 mil­lion.

The duo pleaded not guilty to the ten-count charge pre­ferred against them when they first ap­peared be­fore Jus­tice Dije Aboki on June, 11 2013.

But de­liv­er­ing judg­ment yes­ter­day, Jus­tice Aboki struck out the first count charge of con­spir­acy due to lack of doc­u­men­tary ev­i­dence of agree­ment be­tween the two ac­cused per­sons.

The first ac­cused per­son pleaded with the judge for le­niency, say­ing she was a first time of­fender and that she has chil­dren as well as a sis­ter who is se­ri­ously ill.

Jus­tice Aboki sen­tenced the first ac­cused per­son to five years im­pris­on­ment. She is also ex­pected to pay a fine of N 120 on counts-two, nine and ten re­spec­tively.

The judge added that on count three, four and five, the con­vict is to serve a six months term or pay fine of N20, 000 for each. And on count six, seven and eight, she was also jailed for six months with an op­tion of N50, 000 fine for each.

The judge fur­ther or­dered the con­vict to re­turn the N10 mil­lion to the bank.

The first count of con­spir­acy un­der which the sec­ond ac­cused per­son was charged was dis­missed for lack of ev­i­dence. Con­se­quently, the sec­ond ac­cused per­son was dis­charged and ac­quit­ted.

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Par­tic­i­pants at the spe­cial sum­mit of ‘North­ern Youths and Stu­dents Lead­ers’ or­gan­ised by Arewa Cit­i­zens Ac­tion for Change in Kaduna yes­ter­day. SHEHU K. GORO

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