The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has secured the conviction of one Alham Aliyu Lawan Saulawa before Justice Lawan Wada of the Kano State High Court on a one count charge of criminal breach of trust.
The convict allegedly diverted the sum of N1, 421,000 (One Million, Four Hundred and Twenty One Thousand Naira), being part of the N3, 883,200.00(Three Million Eight Hundred and Eighty-three Thousand Two Hundred Naira) he collected from the complainant for the supply of two trailer-load of fertilizer. He only supplied one truck.
The charge reads, “that you ALHAM ALIYU LAWAN SAULAWA on or about 23rd February, 2006 in
Kano State within the Judicial Division of the High Court of Justice, Kano State, while being entrusted with the sum of N3,883,200(three million eight hundred and eighty-three thousand two hundred naira) by öne ALHAJI LAWAL ABUBAKAR for the supply of two (2) trailers of fertilizer, you only supplied one
(1) trailer of the fertilizer and failed to return the balance of the money to wit; N1, 421,600.00(one million four hundred and twenty one thousand six hundred naira), which you dishonestly converted the money to your personal use; and that you thereby committed an offence contrary to section 311 of the Penal Code Law Cap.89 Laws of Northern Nigeria 1903 and punishable under section 312 of the same law.”
Upon arraignment, the defendant pleaded not guilty.
Prosecution counsel Idris I. Haruna called four witnesses and tendered several exhibits to prove the case against the defendant.
Justice Wada convicted and sentenced the defendant to two years imprisonment with the option of N200,000 fine.
The convict was also ordered to restitute the sum of N1, 421,000 to the complainant.