Justice A. M. Sambo of Bauchi State High Court on Thursday, October 8, 2020, committed one Muhammad Abdullahi Yusuf to prison on a two-count charge of criminal breach of trust, involving N11.2 million rice deal.
He pleaded guilty to the charges upon which prosecution counsel, G. I Ndeh urged the court to convict and sentence him accordingly.
Justice Sambo pronounced him guilty and sentenced him to six months imprisonment with N20, 000 option of fine. In addition, the convict will restitute his victim N9.7 million within one year, commencing from today.
Muhammad was prosecuted following a petition by one Mrs Laraba Patrick, a rice distributor with Tim Tali Rice Mills Limited, Langtang, Plateau State, in which she complained that she supplied two trucks of 400 bags of rice each, worth N11.2 million to the defendant, with an agreement that he would pay within five days, but failed to pay.
Investigation by the Commission revealed that though the defendant sold out the supply, he could not account for the proceeds as he was only able to deliver N1.5 million to the petitioner, leaving an outstanding of N9. 7 million.