A man has bagged a prison sentence for cheating. The Economic Financial Crimes Commission had prefered one count of cheating on the convict, Slisu Kabiru Abdulsalam.
While being arraigned before Justice M.T Tukur of Kaduna State High Court, Kaduna, the anti-graft body said Abdulsalam had in October 2018 obtained 11 tons and 580kg of waste paper carton from a supplier, Samzila Boy.
In turn, the convict supplied same to Nixin Paper Mill Nigeria Limited, Ibadan, for the sum of N752,000.
Rather than pay his supplier for what he had taken, Abdulsalam merely paid N50, 000 to him. The supplier decided to file a complaint with the EFCC, leading to Abdulsalam’s arrest and subsequent arraignment.
The charge sheet says Abdulsalam “did not mean to pay ( the supplier accurately), and thereby committed cheating. The offence, as gathered, contravenes Section 320 (a) of the Penal Code Law Cap.89 Laws of Northern Nigeria 1963 and punishable under Section 322 of the same Law”.
Abdulsalam pleaded guilty to the charge.
Consequently, prosecution counsel, M.E Eimonye urged the court to convict the defendant in line with the plea bargain agreement between the parties.
The defence counsel, E.C Aneme aligned himself with the prosecution but pleaded with the court to be lenient with the convict as he has been remorseful and had started paying restitution to the victim of the crime.
Justice Tukur having considered all submissions of the parties, sentenced the defendant to three years imprisonment with option of N200, 000.00 fine.
In addition, the convict is to pay the nominal complainant restitution in three trenches. Should he fail to comply with the order, the convict will spend an additional one year in prison.