A man, who falsely presented himself as a staff of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in Gombe state has been sentenced to fourteen years in prison by the High Court of Justice Gombe State.
The EFCC had charged the convict, Muhammad A. Adamu, for impersonation when he claimed to be a staff of the Commission to the Executive Secretary of Gombe Muslim Pilgrims’ Welfare Board in order to extort money and other benefits from the board. He told the Secretary that the latter was under investigation by the Commission, presented a list of false officials of the Gombe zonal office and demanded unspecified amount to induce the officials, the Secretary claimed in his petition to the Commission’s office in May 2015.
Other charges include attempt to commit an offence under the Advance Fee Fraud that attracts a penalty of four years in prison without option of fine, being in possession of forged documents a offence under the penal code and also attracts both fine and imprisonment.
The judge also ordered that the convict pay a restitution of N45, 000.00(forty-five thousand naira) to one Musa Haruna being the sum the convict falsely collected from him and a fine of N50,000.00 (fifty thousand naira) respectively. Barrister S.M. Aliyu prosecuted the case for the Commission.