CRIME Civil ser­vant gets 1-year jail term for im­per­son­at­ing col­league

Daily Trust - - DIGEST - From Haruna Gimba Yaya, Gombe

AGombe State High Court has sen­tenced a civil ser­vant Mo­hammed to one year im­pris­on­ment for cheat­ing and im­per­son­at­ing his col­league Ibrahim Ab­dul­lahi at the Gombe State Min­istry of Hous­ing and Trans­port.

Nasiru was ar­raigned by the Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC) on one-count charge bor­der­ing on cheat­ing and im­per­son­ation. He was re­ported to the Gombe zonal of­fice of the EFCC Ab­dul­lahi.

The court was told that in Au­gust 2011 Nasiru il­le­gally opened the se­cret file of Ab­dul­lahi at the min­istry’s Registry Of­fice and ob­tained copies of his pay slips, which he used to ap­ply for a loan of N122, 000 from the Gombe State Civil Ser­vice Union.

The court fur­ther heard that when the loan was re­leased, Nasiru con­verted same to his per­sonal use with­out Ab­dul­lahi’s knowl­edge.

Ab­dul­lahi said all ef­fort to per­suade Nasiru pay him the money or in­form the min­istry to stop de­duct­ing the loan from his salary proved abortive.

Nasiru pleaded guilty to the onecount charge against him, fol­low­ing which the pros­e­cu­tion coun­sel, Bar­ris­ter Zarami Muham­mad, ap­pealed to the court to con­vict him and sen­tence him ac­cord­ingly.

The pre­sid­ing judge, Jus­tice Abubakar Jauro, con­victed Nasiru and sen­tenced him to one year im­pris­on­ment, or an op­tion to pay N30, 000 as fine.

The con­vict was also asked to pay the com­plainant his money.

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