The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC Gombe Zonal Office, has secured the conviction of one Isah Amir Muhammad for a one-count charge bordering on stealing.
Amir was arraigned on January 23, 2019 before Justice Abubakar Jauro of the Gombe State High Court, for defrauding one Naomi Ezekiel.
Ezekiel, who petitioned the EFCC, alleged that sometime in March 2018, at an ATM point belonging to a branch of First Bank Nigeria Plc in Gombe, Amir had volunteered to assist her, when unknown to her, he swapped her ATM card for another, and used it to transfer N293, 000 from her account to his.
The count reads: “That you, Isah Amir Muhammad, sometimes in March 2018, at Gombe, Gombe State within the Jurisdiction of this Honorable Court, dishonestly took property (money) to the tune of N293, 000 from one Naomi Lewis Ezekiel without her consent and thereby committed an offence contrary to the provisions of section 286 (1) of the Penal Code and punishable under Section 287 of the same Law”.
He pleaded “guilty” to the charge.
In view of his guilty plea, prosecuting counsel, A.Y. Muntaka, urged the court to convict and sentence him accordingly.
After considering the plea of the defence, Justice Jauro convicted and sentenced him to one year in prison, with an option of N100, 000 as fine.