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Justice Mohammed Tukur of the Kaduna State High Court sitting in Kaduna has convicted and sentenced Babuwa Christopher, a student of Quantity Survey, Kaduna State Polytechnic, to five years imprisonment for fraud.

The defendant was convicted after he pleaded guilty to an amended one count criminal charge.

The charge reads,” that you Babuwa Christopher of No. 3 Maha Close, Barnawa, Kaduna sometime in July, 2020 in Kaduna within the judicial Division of this Honourable Court with intent to commit an offence, had in your possession documents containing false pretence to wit; Union Bank Visa Card bearing Maduka M.O, Union Bank Visa Card with name Peter, Union Bank Visa Card of Jatau Richard, United Bank of Africa( UBA) debit card bearing the name ThankGod and Diamond Bank Master Card with unidentifiable name and you thereby committed an offence of attempt to commit cheating contrary to Section 57 of the Penal Code Law, 2017 of Kaduna State and punishable under section 307 of the same Law”.

In view of his plea, prosecuting counsel, Y.J. Matiyak prayed the court to convict and sentence him accordingly. But defence counsel, Abdulsalam Nurudeen, counsel asked the Court to temper justice with mercy as the defendant is a first time offender.

Justice Tukur, convicted and sentenced Christopher to five years imprisonment with an option of One Hundred Thousand Naira (N100,000) fine.

The convict was arrested at a lodge in Barnawa, Kaduna based on intelligence on his involvement in cyber crime. 

At the point of arrest, fraudulent documents including Debit Cards of several tier one banks in Nigeria, bearing different names were recovered from him.

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Senator Shehu Sani

Justice I.E. Ekwo of the Federal High Court, Abuja on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, slated December 4, 2020, to review the audio evidence, which captured Senator Shehu Sani’s voice, allegedly extorting USD$25,000 (Twenty-five Thousand United Stated Dollars) from Kaduna-based business man, Alhaji Sani Dauda of ASD Motors.

Sani who was the senator, representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District in the 8th Senate allegedly demanded the sum, based on his claim that he would use it to bribe the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Muhammad Tanko and Ibrahim Magu in an event Dauda’s estranged son-in-law, one Abubakar Musa petitions the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, against him.

A petition from Dauda to the EFCC after Sani had allegedly extorted the sum from him led to the Commission’s investigation of the matter and Sani’s  eventual prosecution on  a two-count criminal charge, bordering on  name-dropping, influence-peddling and obtaining by false pretence to the tune of USD$25,000.00 (Twenty-Five Thousand United States Dollars).

At the resumed trial today, Prosecuting Witness 10, (PW10), Bako Aliyu an EFCC detective, and investigating officer in the case informed the court that he confirmed from the bank that such transaction as claimed by the petitioner happened.

“We invited the two bureau de change operators and they confirmed to us that the complainant actually changed money into dollars from them. We also directed the complainant to record any conversation between him and the defendant which he did.

“We then collected two mobile phones from the complainant (an iPhone and a Samsung) and also a Samsung phone from the defendant which we sent to our Forensic Department for further analysis. The result of the analysis showed lots of conversation between the two of them in Hausa and we translated them to English and burnt it on compact disk,” Aliyu said.

The witness also informed the court that the CJN has exonerated himself from Sani’s alleged bribery claim by publishing a disclaimer on two national dailies: Daily Trust and The Punch, and that an engagement the Commission’s officers had with the CJN over the matter further proved that he had nothing to do with the extortion.

It could be recalled that the EFCC on Tuesday, October 10, 2020, presented Prosecuting Witness 9, (PW9), Sharif Zailani Shanono, a bureau de change operator who revealed that Dauda on November 29, 2019, informed him that he needed USD$10,000 (Ten Thousand US Dollars), which he delivered to him through his aid, one Lawal.

And that Dauda on December 10, 2019 transferred a Naira equivalent of the sum, being N3,900,000 (Three Million, Nine Hundred Thousand Naira) to his bank account.