Banker jailed 5 years for stealing N10m
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.
Participants at the special summit of ‘Northern Youths and Students Leaders’ organised by Arewa Citizens Action for Change in Kaduna yesterday. SHEHU K. GORO