The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Nigeria), EFCC, Sokoto Zonal Office recently secured the conviction of one Amina Kabo (a.k.a Fauziyya) before Justice Mohammed Mohammed of the Sokoto State High Court sitting in Sokoto for swindling 108 people.
She was convicted on a one-count amended charge bordering on Cheating to the tune of N907, 500 (Nine Hundred and SevenThousand, Five Hundred Naira).
Kabo, a fake manager at Olive Micro Finance Bank, who allegedly collected the sum from 108 victims, pleaded guilty to the charge when she was arraigned.
In view of her plea, the prosecution counsel, Buhari Mohammed Balarabe, asked the court to convict and sentence the defendant in line with the plea bargain agreement.
However, the defence counsel, Shamsu A. Dauda, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy as his client was a first time offender who has become remorseful. He also told the court that the defendant has restituted the victims in the sum of N907, 500.00.
Justice Mohammed, thereafter convicted and sentenced the defendant to three (3) years imprisonment with an option of fine of Thirty thousand naira (N30, 000). He also ordered full restitution to the Victims.
Amina was arraigned on a one-count amended charge of Cheating contrary to Section 310 of the Sokoto State Penal Code Law and punishable under Section 311 of the same law.
The convict’s journey to prison started when the operatives of the Commission arrested her on December 4, 2019 at No. 26 Dubabe Plaza, Opposite Asibiti, Eastern By-pass, Tamaje, Sokoto following petition against her dubious activities.
She was alleged to have been collecting monies, ranging between N5,000 to N10,000 from unsuspecting victims under the guise of opening accounts for them with a view to granting them loans in the following categories: N5,000 for N50,000 Loan; N7,000 for N100,000 Loan; N8,000 for N200,000 Loan; N9,000 for N300,000 Loan and N10,000 for N400,000 Loan.