Justice Salihu Yahuza of the Federal High Court Dutse, Jigawa State, today November 18, 2014 convicted and sentenced one Umar A Umar of TB and Leprosy Control Programme in Northern Nigeria to one year imprisonment on a one count charge for obtaining the sum of N2.1 million under false pretence.
The convict obtained the sum from one Dr Tahir Dahiru with the pretence that he had 20 acres of land to sell to him.
The charge reads, " That you Umar A. Umar (Nakano) sometime in February 2013 in Jigawa within the jurisdiction of the Federal High Court with intent to defraud did obtain the sum of Two Million One Hundred Thousand Naira Only (N2, 100.000.00) from Dr. Tahir Dahiru under the false pretence that you have 20 acres of land to sell to him, an offence contrary to Section 1 (1) (b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.
The convict was first arraigned on October 21, 2014. He had pleaded not guilty but later changed his plea, clearing the way for his conviction.
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