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3 individuals, including Mama Boko Haram, have been sentenced for a N40m fraud

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Mama Boko Haram two others jailed for N40m fraud

On Monday, February 12, 2024, Aisha Wakil (known as Mama Boko Haram), Tahiru Daura, and Lawal Soyade were given a 10-year jail term by Justice Umaru Fadawu of the Borno State High Court in Maiduguri.

The Head of Media and Publicity of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Dele Oyewale, revealed this in a statement issued late Monday night.

The Maiduguri Zonal Command of the EFCC had previously obtained a conviction against Wakil and her associates for unlawfully obtaining N15m from Bukar Kachalla of Hamiza Global Resources Limited. This was under false pretenses of supplying three units of Chemistry Analyser Solar Energy Brand Model 1800 (UK version), which is contrary to the Advance Fee Fraud and Other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006.

The former EFCC spokesman, Wilson Uwujaren, stated that Justice Aisha Kumaliya of the Borno State High Court sentenced Wakil and her partners to seven years imprisonment for conspiracy and obtaining money under false pretenses.

Oyewale’s statement mentioned, “The defendants were jailed following their arraignment by the Maiduguri Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Thursday, March 5, 2020, on a two-count charge related to conspiracy and obtaining by false pretense amounting to N40m.

The second count of the charge reads: “That you Aisha Alkali Wakil, Tahiru Alhaji Saidu Daura, and Prince Lawal Soyade, being the Chief Executive Officer, Programme Manager, and Country Director respectively of Complete Care and Aid Foundation, (a Non-Governmental Organisation) and Saidu Mukhtar (at large), did obtain the sum of N40m from Bashir Abubakar, the Chief Executive Officer of Duty-Free Shop Ltd under the false pretense of executing a purported contract for the supply of five X-ray Machines 1900 with Solar Energy, and thereby committed an offense contrary to Section (1) 1 (b) of the Advance Fee Fraud and other Fraud Related Offences Act, 2006 and punishable under Section 1(3) of the same Act.”

Although the defendants pleaded “not guilty” to the charges, the prosecution’s counsel, A. I Arogha, presented four witnesses and 17 exhibits to the court.

The statement also disclosed that Justice Fadawu “convicted and sentenced them to 10 years imprisonment for the offense of conspiracy. The court further sentenced the defendants to 10 years imprisonment for the offense of obtaining by false pretense and ordered them to jointly and severally pay the sum of N40m to Bashir Muhammad.

“The prison term shall run concurrently on the expiration of all prison terms imposed on the convicts by any court.”

The convicts’ legal trouble began when a petitioner accused them of defrauding him through a fake contract for the supply of five X-ray Machines 1900 with Solar Energy to a Non-Governmental Organisation, Complete Care and Aid Foundation, valued at N40m. They neither delivered the machines nor returned the contract sum to the petitioner.

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